To the chase! To the hunt!

As editors we often hunt for just the right word. We’ll chase through bogs and marshes to snare elusive terms. James Lipton’s An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition lists more than a thousand terms of venery, an archaic word for “the hunt.”

Some were first recorded in the 1400s (a murder of crows, a clowder of cats) and some are of recent coinage (a WYSIWYG of computer programs). Some, like geological formations, metamorphose over time. In his 1968 edition, Lipton listed “a conglomerate of geologists”; by 1991 it had become “a stratum of geologists.” He also includes:

Here are some that were not in Lipton’s book. You are invited to coin others.

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