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British Officials to Change Big Ben's Name, Gender

Officials in Britain have announced plans to start calling Big Ben the "Elizabeth Tower," in honor of the Queen's 60th anniversary. "Just what I've always wanted," the Queen says (probably). No word on how Big Ben himself feels about this, or whether he was even consulted. The date of the official name change has yet to be determined, but you'd better believe it will for sure be the last day anyone, anywhere in the world calls the tower "Big Ben" ...

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Anonymous commented…

Technically, the tower isn't Big Ben, the clock is. Big Ben's name won't change, just the tower housing it.

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Anonymous commented…

Living in England for 4 years, I grew quite fond of Big Ben. Although that's true that it's the clock's name, I hope people don't start calling the whole thing the Elizabeth Tower instead. Most people don't know the difference.

Big Ben sounds cooler any way.

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Anonymous commented…

I love that our Queen is being honoured in this way. Elizabeth Tower will house the bell "Big Ben". Common misunderstanding to assume the tower is "Big Ben"... even though everyone calls it that

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