This advice might come in useful when you wish to insult somebody repeatedly. For example they might "look like a Grotesque" but they "dribble like a Gargoyle"...
A Grotesque overlooking Paris from the Grand Gallery of Notre Dame in Paris
I had nobody else to turn to. I have a problem about definitions. Far be it for me to wax lyrical so I’ll cut to the chase: What is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gargoyle?
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Andrew Edward Devons
Wilma answers below...
What is the Difference between a Gargoyle and a Grotesque?
Let me also cut to the chase and answer your question succinctly without recourse to explaining how I know its answer – for that would be boring. Just this one long-lingering sentence to thank you for asking the question and for not assuming that Gargoyles and Grotesques are the same like some idiots have done recently - particularly one: a photo-journalist with many unquestioning, brown nosing, congratulatory followers.
The Similarities between Gargoyle and Grotesques
Gargoyles and Grotesques look alike (see the illustrations below). Most are found in similar places on Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals and churches from the medieval era. Gargoyles and Grotesques take the form of masonry monsters and parodies of humans which are assumed, by many, to warn their building’s goers to behave as the Church instructs them or pay the consequences for their misconduct in purgatory and on the final day when they shall be sent to Hell and punished for all eternity. In fact, they may have served a different purpose and, as this was never recorded (probably because it was widely held knowledge), we shouldn’t assume this widely held theory is true. This theory does not explain, for instance, why many are positioned in visually inaccessible places.
The Difference between Gargoyles and Grotesques
Gargoyles gargle. In other words, Gargoyles are water spouts which act as drains for rainwater. Grotesques have no such function.
A Grotesque on Dornoch Cathedral, Scotland
A Gargoyle on the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Paris