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Here Lies—An Epithet or an Epitaph? 

Here are a couple of closely related words that you don’t want to confuse: epitaph and epithet—especially when it comes time to choose the wording on your tombstone.

For that, you’ll want an epitaph—an inscription that encapsulates your life. Note, it’s the inscription, not the actual tombstone, that’s the epitaph. Maybe you’ve heard or read about people hurling epitaphs, but unless it’s a six-hundred-pound gorilla doing the hurling, it’s just not that likely they are tossing gravestones.

What they’re hurling are epithets—derogatory names or slurs. Continue Reading…