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Kondini
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My podium is the same height as my table---C Level!
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On 2005-02-03 18:51, BroDavid wrote: Wow, 38 inches high! That must been for Luke, stilt-walker! BroDavid


Good one! Smile Andre The Giant!

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On 2005-02-03 17:36, Joshua Lozoff wrote:
Actually, Webster's agrees and disagrees with you. One definition of a podium is a dais for someone to stand on, and the other is a lecturn for someone to stand behind, or put papers on to give a speech.



I can guarantee that Webster's did not say it was a lecturn. They may have said it was a lectern, but not a lecturn. As long as you are looking up definitions and quoting them, at least spell them correctly.

This usage actually reflects what has been taking place in our language lately. People in the hotel business have been referring to lecterns as podiums for a long time. So this misusage has become part of our language.

BTW, "Webster's" is a generic term. It's not trademarked or copyrighted, so anyone can call a dictionary "Webster's." Merriam-Webster is one of the better Websters.

But Webster's is not the be-all and end-all of the dictionary business. If you want a "real" dictionary, use the OED. It's not on-line. Pity.
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This usage actually reflects what has been taking place in our language lately. People in the hotel business have been referring to lecterns as podiums for a long time. So this mis-usage has become part of our language.

But Webster's is not the be-all and end-all of the dictionary business. If you want a "real" dictionary, use the OED. It's not on-line. Pity.


Depends upon what one means by "real." As someone who does most of his speaking in modern life, I need a dictionary that adapts definitions to fit contemporary meanings. I don't want a dictionary that tells me a podium is only something to stand on. That would make me quite rigid, old-fashioned, and hinder me in contemporary conversations. There are a few exceptions (I can't stand when someone says "really unique"), but for the most part a dictionary would do a disservice to contemporary speakers to exclude modern uses and spellings of words. That's what Noah Webster thought, at least. Who am I to disagree?

Anyway, my lectern is done, and I'm very happy with it. Thanks for all the help you guys.
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Well, I guess you better tell us how tall it is after all this! And a picture would he helpful too Smile !

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