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Old 01-01-2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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What is the Word for This?

Is there a word that describes the desk or counter that senators sit behind during a hearing?



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I believe it's called a dais.
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I believe it's called a dais.
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Okay, I guess that's it, although I thought that referred to the platform, rather than the big long desk thingie.
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I like "big long desk thingy" but I would make it "big semi circle desk thingy"
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I don't think it is called a dais. The dais is the front platform.
I just spent a few minutes googling it--"senators semi circle seating," etc. Lots of sites describing the chamber but no name given to the senators' seating place.
So "semi circle desk thingy" works just fine.
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:37 PM   #7
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The dais is the platform. The semicircular desk might perhaps be called a bench. Certainly, that is what it would be if it were in a courtroom.
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I found dais and rostrum both used in reference to where committee members sit at state and federal Congressional hearings, but they are the raised platforms - not the furniture. Google Dirksen Senate Office Building, where many committee hearings are held, and you can see those words used for yourself. Members 'speak from the rostrum/dais' but I gather the furniture on the dais or platform (what the OP is asking?), are just considered desks, a bench, tables or the like. http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions...amber/Rostrum/

I'd use (semi-circular) rostrum desk or rostrum bench...should be clear to readers?
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:47 PM   #9
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I haven't found anything better than "(curved) council chamber desk". Dais and rostrum refer to raised platforms.
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I'd call it the blowhards rostrum.

Rostrum was the place where Roman public speakers spoke from, alternatively a raised platform atop a stage.
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aka a moron's soapbox in this case
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With some slight modification...

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Not much speaking from there, just lots of sizzle.
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Damn Al! If it is that obscure, make up your own. Like the elected member arose from behind his protective desk to contribute to the discourse.

If he does not have to rise, then say he chose to lob another potshot into the discourse from behind his high class duck blind.
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It's a tough one. For now, I'm leaving it at: " In front of me, senators took their seats behind the semicircular rostrum desk," which totally does not work.
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Sometimes brevity works:

"In front of me, the senators took their seats."

or get flowery with alliteration.... ", forming an arc of accusation"

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It's a tough one. For now, I'm leaving it at: " In front of me, senators took their seats behind the semicircular rostrum desk," which totally does not work.
"took their seats on the dais. I felt nearly surrounded as my eyes swept the arc of faces."
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"took their seats on the dais. I felt nearly surrounded as my eyes swept the arc of faces."
Or...to internationalize: "Triumphantly they took their seats on the dais. I felt nearly surrounded as my eyes swept the Arc."
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to steal, somewhat from Stevie Miller, how about "the 'pompetus' (of drivel)"...
yes, the more I consider it, the more I'm sure this piece of furniture is a "pompetus"...
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