|The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, looks impressive, but there's only one toilet in the whole building|
(photo by Colin Capelle)
Noun. Now literary. Late Middle English.
[Latin celsitudo, from celsus lofty.]
Lofty position, eminence; loftiness, height.
While I was tempted to start this post with a manly Rraaaawgh! because, y'know, guys like really, really, really big things, I didn't think such a preamble would befit a word like celsitude, a distinctly refined and literary word, as the OED points out to deter such base associations. Therefore, I will simply leave you with pictures of the Burj Khalifa which, at 829.8 metres, is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Impressive as this is, however, it is rather pipped in the celsitudinous stakes by Mount Everest, which boasts a stratospherically lofty peak 8,848 metres above sea level. Oh, and I'm 6ft 6in, which is almost 2 metres tall. That's pretty high too. Yes it is.
|Mount Everest is so tall that it takes over three hours to walk to the top|
(photo taken from a Drukair flight)
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