Tuesday, May 27, 2014

coronate/crown: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A person is crowned, not coronated. “Coronate” is improperly derived from “coronation,” but “crown” is the original and still standard form of the verb.

But don’t be in too big a hurry to declare that there is “no such word”: “coronate” means “crown-shaped,” and has various uses in biology.

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