This is not a gargoyle

I always thought this was called a gargoyle but recently I found out that it’s a grotesque, even though it’s not living up to its ridiculous name.

The difference is:

  • Grotesque is the architectural term for statues found on the side of buildings for ornamental purposes.
  • Gargoyles are a particular type of grotesque with a handy feature: spouts that carry rainwater away from the building.

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