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An Exaltation of Larks

June 14, 2007   

This morning, as I was listening to KPBS’s pocast of their program, A Way With Words, I heard quite a beautiful phrase: an exaltation of larks. An exaltation, then, is a group of larks (a type of bird). There is even a book by that title, penned by the very same James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio, basically covering the variety of grouping terms that exist in the English language, tracing through the history and making sense of it all.

I just love that imagery. I picture birds bursting through the air, filling the skies with music.

In some ways, my life is an exaltation of larks — of the other type. My fellow generalists will get my meaning. 🙂

June 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm

That is a nice turn of phrase, and the alternate meaning… nice.

June 15, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Sure as hell beats an infestation of sharks.


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