Au­to­graph Verse

Evergreen - - Spring 2016 - A gag­gle of gos­sips A taber­na­cle of bak­ers A gor­ing of butch­ers A wor­ship of writ­ers An obe­di­ence of ser­vants A drift of fish­er­men A skulk of thieves A draught of but­lers A ras­cal of boys A rage of maidens A sub­tlety of sergeants

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:

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