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Big Ben renamed

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Big Ben renamed

Actually it's the tower in which Big Ben sits that is being renamed from The Clock Tower to The Elizabeth Tower. See www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18592966

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If you said you'll meet someone outside King's Cross Station and you meant Euston Station, you would miss each other. If you arrange to meet someone by Big Ben you won't, regardless of whether you mean the clock or the tower. The first example refers to two completely different places, the latter refers to a name and a place that everyone knows regardless of whether it is official or not. Besides, Big Ben IS the name of the tower by popular usage. Everyone knows what is meant by it.

Edited: 26 June 2012, 21:44
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22. Re: Big Ben renamed

I agree with those who go with "popular usage" here.

Do you say Florence, or Firenzi?

Rome or Roma?

Japan or Nihon?

Côte d'Ivoire or Ivory Coast?

Mumbai or Bombay?

Myanmar or Burma?

Just say Big Ben....there's only one.

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23. Re: Big Ben renamed

The difference is the tower has NEVER been officially known as "Big Ben"....except by people under under a misapprehension.

All those examples you've listed are just places that have changed their names at some point, or have different names due to language differences.

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You know what really scares me?

Frankensteins. Those tall green guys with bolts through their necks. Scare the bejesus out of me.

Oh, but they aren't Frankensteins, because the monster was never given a name in Mary Shelley's book.

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I don't know Bungle...you could argue that it has *always* been called Big Ben...just never officially. And the last two of my list are not due to language differences.

All I know is that if I hop into a cab in London and say, "Take me to Big Ben" I am not going to get a quizzical look from the man in the front seat. He'll know where to go.

How about Blighty? Know where that is? Certainly isn't "official"...

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26. Re: Big Ben renamed

Sorry some posters. I am English to start with. Despite the new name of the tower which I think is stupid most of us will stick with Big Ben! Personal choice really and I am not against the monarchy at all.

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27. Re: Big Ben renamed

It will go the same way as that time years ago when they decided to amalgamate many of the counties into another name.

Ignored by all, everybody carried on just the same, it will be the same here.

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28. Re: Big Ben renamed

Maybe if they renamed the bell AND the tower it would reduce the frequency of this old argument. ;)

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Excellent suggestion, Ktown.

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@ Dicanio lol I love showing my silly American friends and family pics of Tower Bridge and asking them to name it. Its amazing just how many really do think its London Bridge. Then when I show them the real London Bridge they dont believe me lol