[Ads-l] venery, was: Re: Kettling

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Mon Jun 8 20:52:00 UTC 2020

About twenty years ago a student in my class was interested

in terms of venery (a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, etc.)

and ordered a book on the subject via interlibrary loan.  It was

 titled _An Exaltation of Larks_, and the phrase terms of venery

 was included in the subtitle or blurb.

I was a bit surprised to see that the book came from a medical-school

library but soon realized what must have happened:

A university librarian must have seen venery and without looking

any further made the mental connection with venereal disease. Hence:


Gerald Cohen

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: Kettling

LH:  << Oh, *that* kind of venery.  Nevermind (to quote Emily Litella). >>
WB:  Mais, bien sur! As in Latin v=C4=93n=C4=81r=C4=AB 'to hunt' (bagging v=
enison e.g.);
folk-etymologized as from v=C4=95nus, v=C4=95n=C4=95ris f. 'charm, loveline=
ss; love';
Greshamly degenerating into V=C4=95nus on the Half-Shell (Kilgore Trout
{Farmer/Vonnegut}), vel UrbanDic sim.

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