RIVERSIDE, CA. I came across a familiar comment posted under a picture of several ETAs posing with fans where someone pointed out the obvious.
“None of them [look] like Elvis!” The commenter is obviously an Elvis fan and probably an ETA fan so this is not a dig on the individual, but the comment motivated me to look up the word tribute and read the definition. I learned, or in the southern vernacular of my Arkansas heritage, I learnt tribute does not mean identical.
Tribute unintentionally gets redefined to mean identical because there is a person dressed like Elvis, singing like Elvis, looking like Elvis, and moving like Elvis, so the word takes a new meaning and that’s alright. But tribute simply means “to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.”
Therefore, tribute is not looking like Elvis, but showing the King of Rock & Roll respect, gratitude, and admiration; although that guy in the bottom left hand corner of the picture with the Elvis lip snarl looks a lot like Elvis. Then again, I see Elvis in every Elvis Tribute Artist.