: We're living in a less structured world these
: days, so I think any of the three would be
: o.k. But I would use "officiate"
: for this occasion. "Perform"
: reminds me of a musical event and
: "celebrate" - I think of a Mass.
: I've even seen the word
: "solemnize" in connection with a
: formal wedding. And I've seen priests
: referred to as "celebrants" when
: writing about a funeral.
Celebrant at a funeral? That was an innovation
I wouldn't dare using a word like solemnize. I would be afraid to say sodomize
English is a language with so many words. It is difficult for someone who isn't a native speaker to understand all nuances.
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