A murmuration of starlings: the collective nouns of animals and birds.

A murmuration of starlings: the collective nouns of animals and birds. Steve Palin.
A murmuration of starlings: the collective nouns of animals and birds.

Ludlow: Merlin Unwin Books, (2014. reprint). Octavo, dustwrapper, colour illustrations.

The collective nouns of animals and birds have long inspired and intrigued. Many have their roots in medieval times, in particular applied to those creatures hunted by man, and subject to the etiquette of their proper group names. Palin has beautifully illustrated and given the background to over forty different animals and birds with interesting collective nouns, and listed 420 of them in his glossary. This elegant little book will appeal to all those with a fascination for the English language, those who want the answers for quizzes and crossword puzzles, and those with an interest in animals and birds.

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