AN EXALTATION OF LARKS PDF

An "exaltation of larks"? 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.

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An "exaltation of larks"? 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.

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, resurrected or newly minted contributions to that most endangered of all species, our language, in a setting of witty, beautiful, and remarkably apt engravings.

A quick and incredibly fun read. Lipton loves to play with language and invites you to join. The book is an exploration of what he dubs the Venereal Game; it collects what may be called "nous of James Lipton. Eliot terms of venery Ultimate Edition variant venereal lists venereal terms winner write to Penguin.

Annual meeting. He is the author of the novel Mirrors , which he then adapted and produced for the screen, and of the American literary perennial An Exaltation of Larks , and has written the book and lyrics of two Broadway musicals.

His television productions include Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala, the first presidential concert ever televised; twelve Bob Hope birthday specials, reaching record-breaking audiences; and The Road to China , the first American entertainment program from the People's Republic.

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An Exaltation of Larks

There are joys in a liberal arts education. Among them, is a wider knowledge of the amazing thing that is the English language. Which allows a reader to revel in a richness. One joy of the English language is the collective noun, the words we use for groups of things. More fancifully and delightfully, a murder of crows, or an unkindness of ravens. Some trace back to the 15th Century, some are his inventions; some are inventions of the readers of his earlier editions.

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Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. They make language so colorful and ticklish. He was the author of the novel Mirrors , which he then adapted and produced for the screen, and of the American literary perennial An Exaltation of Larks , and has written the book and lyrics of two Broadway musicals.

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People often write in about the conventional terms for groups of animals and people, especially birds, such as parliament of rooks or murder of crows. Many of these, including tiding of magpies , murmuration of starlings , unkindness of ravens , and exaltation of larks , are poetic inventions that one can trace back to the fifteenth century. The first collection in English is The Book of St Albans of , an early printed work from a small press at St Albans that used worn-out type that had been discarded by William Caxton. The book is in three parts, on hawking, hunting and heraldry, and is almost certainly a compilation of earlier works, probably written originally in French. The part on hunting is inscribed with the name of Dame Juliana Barnes, who is traditionally supposed to have been prioress of the nunnery of Sopwell near St Albans, though almost nothing is known about her and her name might have been Berners, or Bernes.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A delightfully unexpected, lovingly curated ode to the unique collective nouns that adorn our language, from "a leap of leopards " to "a murder of crows " and beyond, from the inimitable voice behind Inside the Actors Studio "I am madly in love with collective nouns! They make language so colorful and ticklish. Over years of painstaking research, 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," a "pocket of quarterbacks," and many more. Witty, beautiful, and remarkably apt, An Exaltation of Larks is a brilliant compendium of more than 1, resurrected or newly minted contributions to that ever-evolving species, the English language.

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