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An Exaltation of Larks by James Lipton
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Oct 25, 2010

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Its subtitle, the veneral game (tied to venery, the chase, hunting), is unfortunate, but these poetic words for gatherings of men and animals come from 15th century gentleman's manuals (this does not mean they were much in circulation, but its fun to think they were). This is a fun and mildly funny book, with some nice illustrations, vaguely related to the topics at hand. My favorite terms include a murder of crows, a crash of rhinoceroses, and a skulk of thieves. He also gives advice on making your own modern phrases, like an escheat of lawyers or a slouch of models.

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