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.