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    Question In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

    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.
    BBC NEWS | Magazine | When can you speak ill of the dead?


    Your help will be highly appreciated.

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    Re: In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

    Quote Originally Posted by chebu View Post
    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.
    BBC NEWS | Magazine | When can you speak ill of the dead?


    Your help will be highly appreciated.
    It means, when you write an inscription on the headstone of a deceased person, it is not always necessary to be absolutely truthful.

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    Re: In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath



    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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    Smile Re: In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It means, when you write an inscription on the headstone of a deceased person, it is not always necessary to be absolutely truthful.
    Thank you for your help!

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    Smile Re: In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

    To BobK

    Thank you so much for very detailed explanation!
    It makes me feel like I'm attending in your real lesson.

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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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    Re: In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath

    You're most welcome.

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