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

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

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This illustrated reference compiles more than 2000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colourful, 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, a stand of trees) 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 throughout make the book as entertaining to read as it is beautiful to look at.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 236 pages, 115 plates + spot art
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
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  • Category: Drawing & drawings
  • ISBN: 9781452108230



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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!

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