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What is the meaning of "In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath"
It is said by Dr Johnson, and appears on the article of BBC.
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A couple of observations about the language:
upon oath - the more common expression today is 'on oath'. When you are speaking 'on oath' (typically, in a court of law) it is illegal not to tell 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth' (those are the words of the oath)
lapidary inscriptions - 'lapidary' = (roughly) to do with stone; so Johnson may also have been referring to inscriptions on public masonry (stonework) of any kind
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