Looking back at old autograph books yields some fascinating pearls of wisdom and gems of wit. These are some treasures we’ve recently discovered in the pages of an old album from the start of the last century. apply to animals, such as a flock of sheep, a pride of lions, a herd of cattle, a shoal of fish, or the more unusual parliament of owls, and murmuration of starlings.
However, a fascinating book An Unkindness of Ravens by Chloe Rhodes ( Michael O’Mara Books, £ 9.99) highlights the tremendous treasury of terms that apply to other things including people and professions. Among some of our favourites are: