Elevator (going down)

To elevate means to ‘bring to a higher position’. But when an elevator takes you to a lower position it is still called an elevator. This is an oxymoron. The thesaurus defined-opposite of ‘elevate’ is ‘lower’, so may I suggest that elevators should only be known as such when going up, and be referred to as ‘lowerers’ or ‘lowervators’ on the way down.

A similar principle should be applied to downward escalators which henceforth will be known as ‘diminishers’ or ‘diminivators’.

And if you prefer to call elevators by the term ‘lifts’, then on the way down you might want to start calling them ‘drops’.


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