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A Barrel of Monkeys - A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Animals (Hardcover) Loot Price: R179
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A Barrel of Monkeys - A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Animals (Hardcover): Samuel Fanous

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A Barrel of Monkeys - A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Animals (Hardcover)

Samuel Fanous; Foreword by Susie Dent; Illustrated by Thomas Bewick

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We're all familiar with `a flock of sheep' but what are the collective nouns for racehorses, pigs, zebras or giraffes? Drawing on a range of sources, from fifteenth-century hunting terms to more recent inventions that have now entered the language, this book collects over 100 examples of the most interesting collective nouns for animals, each illustrated with charming woodcuts by the renowned naturalist engraver of the eighteenth century, Thomas Bewick. Some describe a key characteristic of the animal in question: `a shrewdness of apes', `a busyness of ferrets'. Others are delightfully humorous: `a piddle of puppies', `a crash of rhinoceroses'. Featuring pets, farmyard animals, big cats and wild beasts, this beautifully presented book is the perfect gift for animal lovers and all those with an interest in this quirky linguistic tradition.

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Imprint: The Bodleian Library
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2015
First published: 2015
Compiled by: Samuel Fanous
Foreword by: Susie Dent
Illustrators: Thomas Bewick
Dimensions: 170 x 110 x 11mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Quarter bound / Paper over boards
Pages: 144
ISBN-13: 978-1-85124-445-4
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Language & linguistics
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LSN: 1-85124-445-X
Barcode: 9781851244454

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