Very entertaining book.
At school we had First Aid in English which included such gems as 'If your baby does not like cold milk, boil it', as well as collective nouns for the most amazing groups - I always liked 'an exaltation of larks'.
As befits the turn this thread has taken
I have to protest.
Although th'internet returns many "exaltations of larks" it/they are wrong. As I have known for more than half a century (that sounds classy, eh?) it is " an exu
ltation of larks". Any user of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Book of Common Prayer, not to mention the Bible, will tell you:
"exalt" means to raise, or be raised or achieve a higher rank or authority, whereas
"exult" means to rejoice or praise.
Unfortunately, as the words seem similar, many people think they are interchangeable.
If you have enjoyed this presentation please let me know; I can provide a similar service for "alternate"and "alternative".