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Grimthorpe

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:01 pm

- to remodel or restore an old building without proper grounding or knowledge of its authentic character or without exercising care to remain faithful to its original quality and uniqueness - GRIMTHORPE (This one comes from Edmund Beckett, Baron Grimthorpe who, in the 1850s, rebuilt the cathedral at St Albans at his own expense ... sadly, he added his own touches that people felt were out of character with the building's history and so gave his name to a new verb.)


from the same list: should be discussed separately I think.
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Postby Slava » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:54 pm

Another example of an eponym. If I ever were to have one, I do hope it's a bit more positive than this one.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:39 pm

The doc's list is really a good one.
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restoration/Grimthorpe

Postby MTC » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:52 am

Thank you for spotting this excellent word.

Concerns about Grimthorpery (new word?) bedeviled me ten years ago when I bought and restored a two story Spanish home in the Los Angeles area. (Think "This Old House.") Real estate people call these "Character Homes." In the process I learned there are two hostile camps --the restorationists and the remodelers. Remodelers are destructive barbarians in the eyes of the restoranionists. Restorationists are snobbish purists in the eyes of the remodelers. I tacked heavily toward restoration except for the kitchen which without knocking down walls was beyond redemption. Even changes in the kitchen were "in character." In the end many dollars and run ins with subcontractors later the home turned out to be a beautiful place.

Now I have a new word for the devil I confronted.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:51 pm

Sounds like you deserve to use the word.
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