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Old 01-04-2016, 04:43 PM   #21
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Another thought. Although I still like on (not behind) the dais, it occurred to me that except for the semicircular shape it's reminiscent of where the judge sits in a courtroom. So you could say they took their seats at the bench.

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Old 01-05-2016, 12:40 PM   #22
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Bench is good, but I can't help picturing something like this:

I guess it's because I first learned the word "dais" in reference to a wedding, I always think of this:


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The dictionary definition of a dais is a raised platform used for honoured guests (eg. wedding) speakers (lectures), judges, etc.
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I think dais may be appropriate, but not being common in usage it might lack a quick visual interpretation for readers. Rostrum might be more common and is fact listed as a synonym for dais.

Intrigued by this I did some searching and found Committee Hearing Rooms | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives Note the caption "The original carved dais, chandelier and elaborate draperies of Cannon committee hearing rooms were in use when the Armed Services Committee was photographed in Cannon 311 in 1949."
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I would definitely not call it a desk. The word desk implies that some work is actually being done.

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