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Monumental Megagaltasticism

My son once asked: “What’s ambitious vocabulary?”

“Well…. that must be…,” I thought.

I saw some today. We were down at Kelburn Country Park:

and went for a walk to “The Monument” where there was a great example of ambitious vocabulary:

It reads:

“Sacred to the Memory of JOHN Earl of GLASGOW, whose exalted Piety and liberal Sentiments of Religion Unfettered by Systems and Joined with original Benevolence were as Singular as that Candour and Modesty which cast a pleasing veil over his Distinguished Abilities. His Loyalty and Courage he Exerted in the Service of his Country, in whose cause he Repeatedly Suffered with Fortitude and Magnanimity. At the Battle of Fontenoy Early in Life, lost his Hand and his Health. His Manly Spirit, not to be subdued, at Lafold he received Two Wounds in one attack. To Perpetuate the Remembrance of a Character so Universally Beloved and admired, and to animate his Children to the Imitation of his Estimable Qualities, This Humble Monument is Erected by His Disconsolate Widow. Ob 7 May 1775”

Great tribute; great vocabulary.


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7 thoughts on “Monumental Megagaltasticism

  1. Wow! Beautiful pics! That must be something truly awesome to look at with your own eyes!

  2. Sounds like the vocabulary version of current restaurant servings in America. Strikes one as just a little OTT? or perhaps “ambitious” is indeed the right description. At least the vocabulary version doesn’t lead to weight gain. Though it may lead to a bit of a bombastic image of John, Earl of Glasgow, do you think?

    Nice post.

  3. I love the pictures, didn’t they really know how to speak well of people back then in history? I don’t know if I would feel comfortable with all that on my tombstone but I love reading it on someone else’s. I like the phrase ambitious vocabulary, out of the mouth of babes.

    • I like “ambitious vocabulary” too. The downside of ambitious vocabulary is that your meaning can be lost if your audience doesn’t have ambitious vocabulary. But I like it.

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