Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Celsitude - Your Highness

The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, Dubai
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
Mount Everest is so tall that it takes over three hours to walk to the top
(photo taken from a Drukair flight)

Do please leave your most celsitudinous comments in the box below.


  1. It's funny how big things impress us more than truly enormous things.

    You say 'that really is something isn't it' looking up at the Eiffel tower and all the other tourists agree with you.

    You point up at one of the stars that make up Orion and say 'if that was our Sun, we would be inside it' and the 2 ladies say 'we really don't want any trouble. Just take our money.....why are you wearing a sombrero?'

    1. I get exactly the same response when I say to tourists at the Eiffel Tower "I'm really tall too, y'know."

  2. I'm still stuck on the " guys like really, really, really big things" geez, who would say?! ;)
    There's still hope for me, I guess. Really big... yep, that's me XD

    Eiffel Tower is one of the worst experiences in my life... so glad I didn't have a big guy with me in the elevator saying "I'm really tall" or big or whatever geez suddenly I think it wasn't that bad after all :teresacountsherblessingsandgoestobuysomeblinkingeiffeltowergaudy-andI'llneverbeback-souvenir:

    1. That was you Teresa? Well I'm sorry for messing up your trip to France, but as I said to the judge, mace is a rather extreme response to someone with a bit of astronomical trivia, even if they're wearing a Mexican hat.

      Say hi to your sister for me. I would personally but you can legally get 400m closer to her than I can.

    2. Well, Sir, let me repeat myself AGAIN - you're not tall enough for that sombrero that's for sure... the way it poked we really thought it was something... well... else.
      I will do not such thing, Sir, as Sister is still a bit fazed about the mace incident - you'd expect someone to draw an arrow on those things to show the way you point so you don't have to check it - in your face - before hitting the culprit with it ;). Talking about "that Sun" at 10 pm tsk tsk tsk shame on you.

    3. I humbly and graciously accept your apology.