Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Playing the Venereal Game

In my previous post, terms of venery were being discussed. In fact, they are still being discussed over on this comments thread at Ace of Spades HQ.

I asked a question there and I'll repeat it here, in hopes that perhaps others in the blogsphere will take up the challenge, come up with some possibilities and arrive at some sort of consensus. What term of venery should be used for a collective of bloggers? How about for a group of blogs too? A group of bloggers shouldn't have the same term of venery as a group of blogs. So use your creativity and see what terms you can invent. The venereal game can be fun! (Yes, venereal also has another definition. But were talking about a word game here that shouldn't result in anyone needing penicillin.)

Keep in mind the following guidelines when coming up with a new term of venery. Terms of venery are usually based on one of the following characteristics of the group being described by the venereal term [Thanks to James Lipton's book An Exaltation of Larks for the criteria and the examples of each]:

1. Onomatopoeia - i.e. the sound(s) a group makes, for example a murmuration of starlings, or a gaggle of geese.

2. Characteristic - some characteristic of the group, for example a leap of leopards, or a skulk of foxes.

3. Appearance - i.e. what the group looks like, for example a knot of toads, or a bouquet of pheasants.

4. Habitat - where the group lives, its environment, for example a shoal of bass, or a nest of rabbits.

5. Comment - i.e. an observation about the group, pro or con, reflecting the observer's point of view. For example, a richness of martens, or a cowardice of curs.

Ok. That's the basics. Try your own hand at it. It's not difficult once you know a little about it. And you've been told so NOW YOU KNOW.

P.S. I'll enable comments on this one post as an experiment. Please don't make me have to disable them or delete them. Mommy and daddy should have taught you how to behave respectably in a public forum. Yes, you should have been told and you should KNOW BY NOW.