Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What is a word that means both testimony and at the same time reminder?

share|improve this question
    
Can you give more context, or maybe an example where it would be used? –  Mitch May 16 '11 at 19:12
add comment

4 Answers 4

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Monument? Memorial? Or, if you want a Biblical flavor, from 1 Samuel 7:12, you could use "Ebenezer".

share|improve this answer
    
I like Ebenezer! the thing is I don't think a lot of people would understand it. –  Thursagen May 16 '11 at 0:07
    
There's an old hymn called "Come Thou Font of Many Blessings" with the refrain "Here I raise my Ebenezer." But the association for me was a rock song from the 80s - I could have sworn it was Midnight Oil, but I can't find a reference - that had absolutely nothing to do with the hymn, but had "I will raise my Ebenezer" as a refrain. The song was running through my head when I saw your question. –  MT_Head May 16 '11 at 2:56
    
Nice usage of Ebenezer. I have to confess that I would have been lost if I heard it without an explanation, but I like it. –  ajk May 16 '11 at 3:42
1  
Of course, when I hear "Ebenezer" I think of Scrooge... –  MT_Head May 16 '11 at 3:46
    
I'm seated right now besides my colleague, and his name (really!) is Ebenezer! haha –  Paul Amerigo Pajo May 17 '11 at 0:51
add comment

try commemoration

–noun

The act of commemorating or calling to remembrance by some solemnity; the act of honoring the memory of some person or event by solemn celebration: as, the feast of the passover among the Israelites was an annual commemoration of their deliverance from Egypt.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Another possibility here is observance

–noun
1. an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to: the observance of traffic laws.
2. a keeping or celebration by appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.: the observance of the Sabbath.
3. a procedure, ceremony, or rite, as for a particular occasion: patriotic observances.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Or eulogy, tribute, or homage? These suggestions all seem very mournful.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.