Re: Saturday Sci-Fi (Score: 1)
posted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 06:02 PM (#56046
In Response to Fozz (#56038):
Actually Nosh is right, but licensed tour guides can be forgiven for indulging in a bit of wordplay to score points with their charges! :)
As we all know, the English language appears to have been "carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary," but even so it has long been up to the task of referring to the final disposition of corpses (however done) with a single all-purpose verb. According to the Oxford English Dictionary
, that verb is bury
which means, "To deposit (a corpse) in the ground, in a tomb; to inter. Hence to commit (a corpse) to the sea, with appropriate funeral rites." In other words, bury
no longer refers to the act of interment in the ground alone; in fact, it hasn't had this restricted meaning since at least the early 20th century.
So one can correctly say today that Grant is buried in Grant's tomb (along with his wife). Doubtless it will be even more correct to do so in the year 2401.