Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's in a name??

"Look, kids. Elizabeth Tower. Parliament."

Those iconic lines from National Lampoon's European Vacation certainly sound different, don't they?

Authorities in London today announced that the Clock Tower of Britain's Parliament—known, however incorrectly (apparently), as Big Ben—will be renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. (Big Ben was the nickname originally given to the bell within the tower.)

It will now be known as Elizabeth Tower. No word on exactly when the name change will be implemented.

Believe me, I am completely in favor of the Queen's receiving every honor and tribute she gets. But a tiny part of me is a little bit sad about this change, although I don't know if people will ever call it anything more than Big Ben. (I'd imagine my friends in the UK may feel differently.)

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