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The venereal game

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 22 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:535
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist
  1. Oxford

    We all know that a group of lions is called a pride, of geese a gaggle, and of cows a herd. The game of inventing words to describe assemblages of animals or human beings is over 500 years old. The earliest collections of such terms are to be found in The Egerton Manuscript (1450) and, more definitively, The Boke of St Albans (1486), a collection written by Dame Juliana Berners. The modern source books for this information are An Exaltation of Larks by James …

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