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Royally Painful English

Like Bonnie Atwood, and as an Anglo-American with a very thorough grounding in the English language, I too was gnashing my teeth about the use of the Queen's English during Her Majesty's visit ("Rosie Right," News & Features, May 16).

The word which set my teeth on edge the most was "coronated," and it was used by both the local and the national media. It has always been my understanding that a monarch is "crowned" at a "coronation."

I have searched my trusty dictionary and cannot find the word "coronated" anywhere. Even spell-check does not accept it! It also should not be confused with a "coronet," which is a small crown worn by someone of lesser rank than a monarch.

Thank you for trying to keep us all using the English language correctly.

Sally Dvorak

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