A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras (Google eBook)

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Chronicle Books, Sep 17, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 236 pages
3 Reviews
This illustrated guide compiles over 2,000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colorful, graphic artwork from the design dynamos at Woop Studios. Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers topics from plants and animals (a parade of elephants, an embarrassment of pandas) to people and things (a pomposity of professors, an exultation of fireworks) and range from the familiar (a pride of lions) to the downright obscure (an ooze of amoebas). Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies, and historical anecdotes make this beautiful book an entertaining read, a standout reference, and a visual treat. Language lovers and art appreciators alike will be captivated by this gem, rich in word and image.
  

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Review: A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras

User Review  - Jimmy - Goodreads

This was a fun book to pore over and gain a little bit of knowledge behind how some of our favorite collective nouns came about. Honestly, I'm not going to remember the majority of them. But this book would make a great conversation starter...especially when I regale friends with a groan of puns! Read full review

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User Review  - Dancingsocks - Goodreads

such a joyous book for any lover of collective nouns. gorgeously illustrated. Read full review

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Contents

Dedication
5
Foreword
7
Introduction
9
A
12
B
20
C
35
D
54
E
64
N
134
O
137
P
143
Q
161
R
164
S
175
T
193
U
203

F
70
G
79
H
90
I
100
J
104
K
108
L
114
M
122
V
206
W
210
XYZ
219
Selected Bibliography
223
Index of Collective Nouns
226
General Index
234
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About the author (2013)

London-based Woop Studios is Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, Harriet Logan, and Mark Faulkner. Mira and Eduardo spent the last decade working as graphic designers on the Harry Potter movies. They joined with Harriet and Mark to visually celebrate a love of collective nouns.

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