elegy vs eulogy : Common Errors in English

About elegy vs eulogy

A speech praising the deceased person at a funeral is a eulogy. An elegy is a poetic form, usually with a sad or thoughtful subject. It can also be a poem on any subject written in the form called “elegaic couplets.” Unless it’s in verse, the speech at a funeral isn’t an elegy.

elegy Meaning(s)

  • (n) a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

eulogy Meaning(s)

  • (n) a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
  • (n) a formal expression of praise

elegy in News

eulogy in News

  1. Harry Caray eulogist Pete Vonachen dies

    Visitation is today for Peoria baseball magnate Pete Vonachen, perhaps best known as the man who gave the eulogy for Harry Caray. Vonachen, a Peoria businessman and owner of the Peoria Chiefs minor league team, was frequently mentioned on the …
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WGN Radio Chicago

  2. Carolyn Hax: Son of rage-filled woman wonders how to eulogize her

    I'm a middle-aged gay man, one of two sons raised by a widow with physical (and mental, I suspect) health issues that filled her with rage, which persists to this day, though she does function better. Anyway, two close friends of mine lost incredibly loving parents recently, and that has gotten me to thinking about what I could possibly say about mine in a eulogy.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. Carolyn Hax: Writing a eulogy could help son come to peace with angry mother

    Readers offer suggestions for a man who is worried about writing a eulogy for his bitter, angry mother.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: Washington Post

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