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changing the name of the BigBen?

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 5:15am

Ernie15

Ernie15

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Knight

I believe Big Ben is the name of the clock (more precisely the largest bell in the clock.

That is correct, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clock, even though most people do refer to the clock and the tower as such as well. Before being renamed to "Elizabeth Tower", the clock tower was ever so creatively named "Clock Tower". Now I ask you all, was this change not for the better?

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 9:10am

GhostOfHorror

GhostOfHorror

801 posts

Now I ask you all, was this change not for the better?

I don't think it really makes a difference.
I can't imagine people ever referring it to as the 'Elizabeth Tower', not in this generation at least.

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 3:42pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,408 posts

Ah, not quite, the difference is Queen Elizabeth II has been the monarch of England for 60, 60 (I repeat for emphasis) years! It's a thing of respect

Another reason I think the name change is stupid...she did nothing to get into that position but stay alive long enough to inherit the title. Plus..the title is a symbolic one..so they are basically rewarding her for staying alive for a while

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 4:02pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,024 posts

Knight

Another reason I think the name change is stupid...she did nothing to get into that position but stay alive long enough to inherit the title. Plus..the title is a symbolic one..so they are basically rewarding her for staying alive for a while

You underestimate the adoration many English have for their royal family ^^ their role might be only a representative one, but they're quite popular.

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 4:12pm

Ernie15

Ernie15

12,548 posts

Knight

I can't imagine people ever referring it to as the 'Elizabeth Tower', not in this generation at least.

I'm referring to the change from "Clock Tower" to "Elizabeth Tower". As far as official names go, is the new one not at least better than its predecessor?

The name of Big Ben, the great bell in the tower, is not being changed. It's the only the tower itself that's receiving a new official name, and it doesn't mean you can't still call it Big Ben if that's what you've always called it.

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 7:59pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,408 posts

You underestimate the adoration many English have for their royal family ^^ their role might be only a representative one, but they're quite popular.

And you are underestimating the dislike many English have for their royal family...imagine having to pay taxes just so a family can keep their luxurious lifestyle while offering nothing in return but being a public figure

 

Posted Nov 4, '12 at 8:12pm

daleks

daleks

3,226 posts

What? I had heard nothing of this.

Anyway, Elizabeth Tower. Technically one should assume that it would be Elizabeth the first they are talking about because there are not numbers after the name. Silly British.

The name change is annoying but people will get used to it. I don't know if it will catch on though. Maybe now I will got get it confused with the QB of the Steelers.

 

Posted Nov 5, '12 at 12:45pm

handlerfan

handlerfan

192 posts

The authorities at Westminster have decided to change the name of the Clock Tower at the House of Commons which houses the bell Big Ben in honour of Queen Elizabeth 2's 60 years on the throne after a campain by Conservative MPs backed by the 3 main parties. We, the people, were not consulted. I think that this is a great example of the sycophancy of Tory backbenchers.
BTW the board at the soccer club, Newcastle United, changed the name of their stadium, St James Park, after many years, because of a sponsor's money. I forget the name of the sponsor. Again the board did not consult the people. Many fans refused to achnowledge the change. This year's sponsor has gone back to St James Park.
There is better info on the Big Ben name change on the BBC website.

 

Posted Nov 5, '12 at 7:59pm

superbobdabest

superbobdabest

298 posts

when i first read this i thought you were talking about ben rothlisberger
lol my bad

but thei changing it

 
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