What's the opposite of stigma?

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    I'm having writer's block.

    If stigma is a "mark of shame or discredit," what would be a "mark of honor or respect?"
     
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    Also, lay versus lie...

    I said, "what opportunities lie in my future," but Word suggested "what opportunities lay in my future."

    Thoughts?
     
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    laurel ?
     
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    I like it. I did change it to just "level of respect," but laurel sounds much better.
     
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    Who would want an opportunity that is a liar?

    I believe it IS "lay."

    And remember, DIAL spelled backwards is LAID!
     
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    5 a : to occupy a certain relative place or position <hills lie behind us> b : to have a place in relation to something else <the real reason lies deeper>

    In fact, Merriam-Webster's discourages using lay in place of lie.

    lay - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

     
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    After much deliberation, I have chosen "lie."

    The sentence is, "I have to examine what opportunities lie in my immediate future." Lay would be past tense, and as the sentence denotes something that exists in the present and will continue to exist, it requires a present participle tense. Thus, "lie."
     
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    All true. Good grammar.

    But it does kinda ruin the joke.

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