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Originally a funeral oration (in Latin, epitaphium) which, being a speech made by the living, was said "over the tomb". Families soon made a practice of recording the good lines for posterity, avoiding the inscription of the whole oration due to the high price for fine stonecutting. Sometimes it may be wise to write your own epitaphs to avoid mischaracterizations or cliches, though in this case you are at the mercy of your own folly and bad taste.