Word of the Day: deferential

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Word of the Day: deferential

The word deferential has appeared in 63 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 30 in “Many in U.K. Greet King Charles’s Coronation With a ‘Take It or Leave It’ Shrug” by Mark Landler:

“In 1953, Britain was a very deferential society,” said Vernon Bogdanor, an authority on the constitutional monarchy at Kings College London. “Now, it’s a competitive society, based on people who’ve earned their position through achievement. Therefore, the monarchy is bound to attract more skepticism.”

Buckingham Palace is sensitive to the changing attitudes. It has cut back the procession route between the palace and Westminster Abbey from that taken by Elizabeth in 1953. That has the benefit of sparing central London from gridlock while also ensuring that the crowds lining the streets do not look sparse.

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