"hall of fame"
Joanne M. Despres
jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Tue Aug 2 13:10:58 UTC 2005
In the 1842 cite, "hall of fame" seems to be a circumlocution for
"famous hall." It's hard to tell exactly what it means in the next
cite. Do you have more context?
On 2 Aug 2005, at 7:57, Mark A. Mandel wrote:
> Bill Mullins cites:
> ST. PAUL AT ATHENS.
> MILFORD BARD
> Baltimore Phoenix and Budget (1841-1842); Jan 1842; 1, 10; pg. 394
> "Unaw'd in Athen's halls of fame,
> His glorious accents rung;
> The temple trembled at the name
> Of Jesus from his tongue."
> Author: G.P. Putnam & Co.
> Title: Putnam's home cyclopedia ...
> Publication date: 1852-1853. p. 525 col 2.
> "In a meadow to the W. is the colossal bronze statue of Bavaria, by
> Schwanthaler, 84 ft. high. Near it is the "Hall of Fame." " [in entry
> for Munich]
> I wouldn't count on that first one. That's just poetic diction, imho, for
> "famous halls", and only happens to coincide in form with the expression.
> In writing that last sentence I started to use "homographic", and then
> "homophonous", and then gave up. Have we got a word to describe specifically
> a word or phrase that is identical in form with another, but has a different
> meaning? ... H-m-m... H-m-n-m.... Homonym? Maybe I shouldn't do this sort of
> stuff before breakfast.
> -- Mark
> (by hand)
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