On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 2:59 AM, Steve Doerr <doerr.step...@gmail.com>
> And the word actually *means* 'empty tomb': 'ancient Greek *κενοτάϕιον* <
> *κενός* empty [...] + *τάϕος* tomb' (Oxford English Dictionary).
I became familiar with the word because of my family's history. Two of my
great-grandfathers were lost at sea. They perished in separate calamities;
the life of a fisherman is a hard one, and often a short one as well. My
step-grandfather never returned from a hunting trip in the Catskill
Mountains. All three have their cenotaphs in a cemetery near New York City.
To the best of my knowledge, I was the first person in my family to climb
the mountain where my step-grandfather disappeared, over seventy years
later. It is not a cenotaph, but I left a memorial in the climbers' log
book at the summit. https://flic.kr/p/oYmftb
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