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Culling Words

Culling Words

On the undesirability of some collected nouns 

Chris Arthur
Obscure collective nouns abound in the natural world: an ‘exaltation of larks, a business of ferrets; a sounder of pigs. Chris Arthur explores the accuracy and romanticism of these collective nouns, arguing that some should be retired for good.
Written lists have existed for millennia. So often considered the stuff of everyday life, Dilys Rose argues that, in literature, lists can inspire, challenge and enlighten.
Philip Womack describes his long-standing obsession with Sidney’s sixteenth-century epic, The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, and considers his own attempts to create a work inspired by this complex and illusive masterpiece.
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