Ever wondered where certain phrases originated from? The most common phrases being those of collective nouns such as a gaggle of geese or a pride of lions are still used today, however the more unusual such as a sentence of judges or a worship of writers have long been forgotten.
An Unkindness of Ravens by Chloe Rhodes is a delightful insight into the origins of phrases from those about people, including a rascal of boys and a goring of butchers, to those about exotic animals, a sloth of bears for example. Using chapters that pinpoint the different categories of collective nouns, An Unkindness of Ravens reveals the history of phrases that have slowly disappeared over time.
Whether you are interested in words, enjoy the history of the unusual or wish to incorporate previously forgotten terms into your every day life, you will enjoy finding out about why certain groups are named as such. It may be for their behaviour or characteristics that define them, however Chloe aims to delve into their origins and explores the fascinating English language.
An Unkindness of Ravens by Chloe Rhodes, published by Michael O'Mara Books, is available to buy at www.mombooks.com, RRP £9.99.