[Tagging] religous bias - Feature Proposal - Voting - (Chapel of rest)

Brian M. Sperlongano zelonewolf at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 14:23:08 UTC 2020

I note that "visitation room" is a term that describes "A room designated
in the funeral home for the deceased to lie before the funeral so that
people can view the deceased."  Conveniently, it carries no religious

Some cursory searching indicates that this term is in use both in the US
and the UK:


On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 8:14 AM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 5 Nov 2020 at 08:46, <wolle68 at posteo.de> wrote:
>> amenity=mourning
> Barely acceptable.  It's a verb not a noun, an activity not a place.
> amenity=place_of_mourning
> Acceptable.  Some would say mourning could happen anywhere, and
> not necessarily for the dead.  But those people miss an important
> fact about English: an arrangement of words may have a
> different meaning from the literal interpretation of the
> individual words.  Compare with "listed building" which
> means a structure (not necessarily a building) which is
> under the legal protection of a national heritage
> organization.
> amenity=mourning_room
> Unacceptable.  "Mourning room" was the old name for what is now
> known as a "living room" (and was also known as a "parlour"),  A
> room in somebody's house which was pressed into use for the
> display of a corpse when needed.
> amenity=viewing_arrangements
> This is a verb, not a noun.  It is the process by which plans are
> made to look at a corpse, not the place where the corpse is
> viewed.  In American English it has taken on a meaning
> different from a literal interpretation of the individual words,
> but we use British English in OSM.
> amenity=deceased_viewing
> That almost works.  But it's a verb not a noun, an activity not a place.
> With additional words it could work, but it would be rather inelegantly
> named.
> --
> Paul
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