Monday, March 16, 2015

Words of the Newsies: Coronate.

Coronate.  After talking about the upcoming "coronation" of Hillary Clinton, the newsies are using "coronate" as a verb, presumably meaning the act of placing a crown on a king, or a presidential candidate.  Actually, the word they are looking for is "crown".  To place the crown upon the head of the king. 
My older 1969 American Heritage Dictionary does not list "coronate" as a word.  Unfortunately, my newer, trendier, 1997 Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary does list "coronate" as a verb.  I hold with the older useage "crown" as opposed to the wordier, newer, Latin  "coronate".

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