AN Exaltation of Larks

AN Exaltation of Larks

The Ultimate Edition

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140170962
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

I. The Beginning

II. The Known

III. The Unknown

IV. The Unexpected

V. The Game of Venery: First Move
People, Places and Things
Professions
Home and Family
Daily Life
High Life
Low Life
Romance and Raunch
Medicine and Health
Academe
Science and Technology
Sports
Games and Recreation
Music
Stage
Screen
Arts and Letters
Religion
Politics and Law
Journalism
Business and Finance
Travel
Cops and Robbers
The Armed Services
Zoology
Cases in Point
Afterword

VI. The Game of Venery: Second Move

Index

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