An exaltation of larks: the ultimate edition
An "exaltation of larks"? Yes! And a "leap of leopards", a "parliament of owls", an "ostentation of peacocks", a "smack of jellyfish", and a "murder of crows"! For those who have ever wondered if the familiar "pride of lions" and "gaggle of geese" were only the tip of a linguistic iceberg, James Lipton has provided the definitive answer: here are hundreds of equally pithy, and often poetic, terms unearthed by Mr. Lipton in the Books of Venery that were the constant study of anyone who aspired to the title of gentleman in the fifteenth century. When Mr. Lipton's painstaking research revealed that five hundred years ago the terms of venery had already been turned into the Game of Venery, he embarked on an odyssey that has given us a "slouch of models", a "shrivel of critics", an "unction of undertakers", a "blur of Impressionists", a "score of bachelors", and a "pocket of quarterbacks". This ultimate edition of An Exaltation of Larks is Mr. Lipton's brilliant answer to the assault on language and literacy in the last decades of the twentieth century. In it you will find more than 1,100 resurrected or newly minted contributions to that most endangered of all species, our language, in a setting of 250 witty, beautiful, and remarkably apt engravings.
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I have read this book over and over. It definitely is a great resource and a must for any logophile. Read full review
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Interesting concept on how the terms of veneary or collective nouns were derived. Has alot of interseting tidbits on the roots of words and language in general. Read full review
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Light through Stained-Glass Windows: An Exaltation of Larks
One of my favorite quirky books is An Exaltation of Larks (James Lipton). It contains over 1000 group names. Here are a few: a leap of leopards, ...
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A Lake County Point Of View: An "exaltation" of larks
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When Father Knows Less - New York Times
James Lipton, host of "Inside the Actors Studio," author of "An Exaltation of Larks" (Penguin; 1993; reprint edition), which traces the history and meaning ...
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example, a group of larks is called an “exaltation of larks,” which provided the. title of a book on the subject of venereal terms, ...
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Group Names Discussion from BIRDCHAT
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 1995 15:13:34 -0400 From: Terry Ross Subject: Re: "Group Names" James Lipton's "An Exaltation of Larks" is devoted to these collective ...
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James Lipton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mr. Lipton is the author of An Exaltation of Larks, a book of collective ... His book of terms of venery, An Exaltation of Larks, was published in 1968. ...
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An Exaltation of Larks by James Lipton. A delightful book on words for collections of things, mentioned in Issue 173 of Take Our Word For It. ...
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Out of the 77 different animal terms of venery that appear in the first edition of An Exaltation of Larks, 72 of them are listed on the scarf. ...