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    rostrum vs dais?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by PeterC, Feb 4, 2013.

    I'm looking for a word to describe an imposing, elevated platform from which a distinguished speaker would address a large hall. In my case it's a permanent structure built out from the wall in a hall with a high ceiling, stone pillars, and so forth. "Stage" doesn't work for me because it sounds too theatrical and that's not the context at all. My vocabulary is weak (and yes, I should do something about that), but it seems like either "rostrum" or "dais" would be appropriate. I find myself leaning toward "rostrum" but I'm not sure. I'm wondering if anyone has any comments about the relative pomp and circumstance of those two words.

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    Peter
     
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    You could use dais, but what about a grand balcony. Add the grandeur with description, such as the honor guard surrounding him or bunting and flags. Or the vestments of office: a ruler's crown, a military dictator's uniform, a religious leader's miter, robes, and stole, a scholar's robes and hood, etc.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts. The idea of a grand balcony is good. I'll have to consider that a little more. Right now I have two seats for minor officials on either side of the main structure. I'm not sure how that would go with a balcony but I could probably work something out.
     
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    instead of using a label, why not simply describe it?
     

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