Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Leicester's "Blue Tower"

The Leicester Mercury reports today (13 October 2015) that Leicester's
"Iconic Blue Tower is fully let".

In some ways this is good news, of course, but one can't help wondering about the use of the word "iconic". According to Oxford Dictionaries, "iconic" is an adjective "relating to or of the nature of an icon", while an icon is (amongst other meanings) "a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration". It seems that one can safely rule out the Blue Tower as being "worthy of veneration", which leaves "a thing regarded as a representative symbol". Discuss...

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