pay tribute

abc   Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:54 am GMT
means to praise right?
Guest   Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:14 am GMT
Literally, it refers to paying someone compensation to acknowledge one's inferiority or for protection. Weak countries used to pay more powerful countries tribute in exchange for protection, and vassals in feudal countries payed tribute to their lords in exchange for using their lord's land. Nowadays, though, people often use "pay tribute" more figuratively, with the meaning of "show respect".
Damian in London SW15   Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:03 am GMT
The words "to pay tribute to" are most often used in relation to a person who had just died, a bit like a eulogy really, decribing all the positive and noteworthy things s/he has done throughout their life.
as above   Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:04 am GMT
typo: describing. Put it down to sleep deprivation