... I m American, and I m not too crazy about the word monument either, although, like I said originally, we do have officially designated NationalMessage 1 of 2 , Mar 31, 2000View Source
>Only a little stretching? No matter *how* much I stretch my mind, I can'tI'm American, and I'm not too crazy about the word "monument" either,
>get it to think of a village green as a monument! To describe
>ancient/impressive buildings as monuments isn't such a leap, and natural
>features of a landscape that are in some way "monumental" (e.g. Monument
>Valley) I can also cope with (just). But a village green? I'd go with
>Melvyn's "national heritage site" for that one. Perhaps this is partly a
>cultural difference between Britain and the US: what do you think? (But
>anyway, is a village green not an exclusively British phenomenon?)
although, like I said originally, we do have officially designated
"National Monuments" over here (most of which, AFAIK, are either
natural or archeological sites).
>But I like the rest of Melvyn's suggestions. One more suggestion might beWorks for me.
>the British "area of outstanding natural beauty" for a larger area - or is
>that too British?
>It's a good alternative for many things I'd describe as monuments (egI agree.
>Edinburgh has the Scott Monument, which is also a memorial [to Walter
>Scott], and London has the Albert Memorial, which is also a monument). But
>surely memorial has to be restricted to man-made structures "in memory" of
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