Is Simon Hoggart sparkling in error?

“Lord Crickhowell also made a coruscating attack on the government’s secrecy.”
Simon Hoggart, on the ID cards debate in the House of Lords, Guardian, 17 January 2006.  

Simon Hoggartcoruscate:  verb
    1     sparkle, scintillate, coruscate
         be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"
        Category Tree:
– sparkle, scintillate, coruscate
    2     sparkle, scintillate, coruscate
         reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"
Category Tree:
emit; give_out; give_off
reflect; shine
sparkle, scintillate, coruscate

Or could it be that the son of the author of The Uses of Literacy meant ‘excoriating’?

2 Responses

  1. Tim Weakley says:

    ..’excoriating’, perhaps with an admixture of ‘corroding’?  I suppose Lord C.’s attack could (also) have been scintillating; I haven’t read it.

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