"adorn" as 'wear'

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Sun Mar 9 09:59:51 UTC 2008

I wrote to the guy who wrote the article. He said it was a mistake; he meant
to say "donned".

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Mark Mandel
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: "adorn" as 'wear'


Could be, although "don" means 'put on', with an inceptive aspect absent
from "wear". Of course, that distinction may be lost on some.

m a m

On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 2:31 PM, Michael Covarrubias <mcovarru at purdue.edu>

> Probably by influence of "don" especially if there's some r-dropping.
> michael
> Mark Mandel wrote:
> >
> > I just stumbled on this one:
> >
> > http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/hans_reiser_trial/index.html#top
> >
> > As the 44-year-old defendant was taking the stand, his attorney asked
> > him to fix the collar on the dark sports coat he was wearing, the
> > outfit he has adorned since opening statements Nov. 6.

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