A Teasing Task
Like most writers, I’m fascinated by language. Some of the oldest forms in English are amongst the most evocative. What about these expressions, all derived from medieval hunting jargon?
- A sounder of wild boar
- A drift of pigs
- A shrewdness of apes
- A watch of nightingales
- A skulk of foxes
- An unkindness of ravens
- A murder of crows
Ages ago, I heard James Naughtie talking on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about this. He produced these, which I loved:
- A smear of journalists
- A pedant of Today Programme presenters
That made me start musing about romantic novelists. So far— deliberately excluding those that would be X-rated — I’ve come up with the suggestions below.
- A passion of romantic novelists
- An escape of romantic novelists
- A happiness of romantic novelists
and (I wonder why?)
- A vineyard of romantic novelists
I’m sure visitors to our blog will have lots of ideas here. I’d love to hear them.