a time for many words

Collective Noun of the Day

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A misbelief of painters.

Be honest, who thought it was going to be ‘politicians’? I can’t say I blame you…

In the pre-Paintshop-Pro times of the Middle Ages, a painter or portraits, commissioned by some landed lady or gent, would deny from his canvas the crow’s feet, laughter lines and galliform gullets of his clientele. These white lies of portraiture are a funny sort of ad hoc historical revisionism, intended of course to inspire ‘misbelief’, or the illusory perception of beauty, in those who looked upon the misrepresentation. So, an apposite collective noun, but I don’t suppose magazine airbrushers or self-conscious Facebookers would take too kindly to inheriting the term!

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