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Terms of Venery (ve-nə-rē)

Congregation of plovers (image from caribbeanbirdingtrail.org)

Ostentation of peacocks (image from Treknature.com)

Deceit of lapwings (photo from pinterest)

A sedge of bitterns (image from pinterest) … 314 more words


The many folds of “complicit”

After Ivanka Trump told CBS that “I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” Merriam-Webster helped her out with its definition: “Helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.” The dictionary, whose lexicographical sick burns have been lighting up Twitter, observed that complicit also trended back in March, used by Saturday Night Live as the name of a perfume in parody of the president’s daughter. 379 more words


demiguise (demē-gīz)

A Demiguise is a peaceful beast, according to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander. They are found in the Far East, however, it is difficult to spot them because of their ability to make themselves invisible when they feel threatened. 139 more words

Latin Roots

lethifold (lēthə-fōld)

In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander states that a Lethifold is a very rare creature that dwells in tropical climates. A Lethifold looks like a black cloak that floats along ominously during the night seeking victims who are sleeping. 230 more words


augurey (ȯ-gyərē)

According to Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the Augurey is a bird that primarily dwells in Britain and Ireland. 175 more words


quintaped (kwint-əped)

In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander describes the “quintaped” as a  “highly dangerous carnivorous beast with a particular taste for humans” (pg. 198 more words