An Exaltation Of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James LiptonAn Exaltation Of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton

An Exaltation Of Larks: The Ultimate Edition

byJames Lipton

Paperback | November 1, 1993

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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.
James Lipton is the creator, executive producer, writer, and host of Inside the Actors Studio, which is seen in eighty-nine million homes in America on the Bravo network, and in 125 countries, and has received fourteen Emmy nominations. He is the author of the novel Mirrors, which he then adapted and produced for the screen, and of the...
Title:An Exaltation Of Larks: The Ultimate EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.14 × 5.94 × 0.85 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140170960

ISBN - 13:9780140170962

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

An Exaltation of LarksI. The Beginning

II. The Known

III. The Unknown

IV. The Unexpected

V. The Game of Venery: First Move
People, Places and Things
Home and Family
Daily Life
High Life
Low Life
Romance and Raunch
Medicine and Health
Science and Technology
Games and Recreation
Arts and Letters
Politics and Law
Business and Finance
Cops and Robbers
The Armed Services
Cases in Point

VI. The Game of Venery: Second Move


From Our Editors

Celebrate the ingenuity of our language with a book that reads like a love letter to English. An Exaltation of Larks explores the etymology of those often beautiful collective nouns. Discover why we say a litter of puppies but a pack of dogs; a kettle of fish but also a school of fish; a flock of sheep and a flock of seagulls. James Lipton examines these and 1,100 other terms that will have you scratching your head as to their origins. But never fear, because the explanation soon follows the bewildering sayings.