Is pronunciate a word? Diana Ross seems to think it is.
In a head-scratching moment chez MRP last night, we heard Diana Ross tell an American Idol contestant that she should work harder to pronunciate her words. She said it about five times.
MRP thought she must be conflating pronounce with enunciate, and I was inclined to give her credit for making up a sort of useful word.
However, lest the grammatically correct among us think that Ms. Ross is totally out of her bird, it seems that some people agree with her. While Merriam Webster denies any knowledge of the word, dictionary.com says it’s a real word, although it calls the usage “rare.”
And yes, MRP watches American Idol. So?