Definition: (noun) A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it.
Synonyms: dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, stump, ambo.
Usage: The author ascended the soapbox and began to read from his latest novel. Discuss
The random quantum fluctuations of my brain are historical accidents that
happen to have decided that the concepts of dynamic scoping and lexical
scoping are orthogonal and should remain that way.
— Larry Wall in <199709021854.LAA12794@wall.org>