Q: "gallows" also including a platform?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jan 7 17:04:21 UTC 2013

At 1/7/2013 10:20 AM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
>In fact, the GALLOWS ('platform') was
>traditionally regarded as a sort of stage,
>whereon the condemned individual might orate or
>at least perform the art of dying well.

For this employment of the "platform", see
"scaffold", †3: "A raised platform, seat, or
stand, used for the purpose of exhibiting persons
or actions to the public view, making proclamations, or the like."


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