MEANING: verb tr.: To substitute one person or entity for another in a legal claim.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin subrogare, from sub- (in place of) + rogare (to ask, propose a law). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead, or to rule), which also gave us regent, regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, abrogate, arrogate, and derogate. Earliest documented use: 1427.

SURROGATE - scandal about a horse-drawn carriage with the fringe on top

SUBROMATE - bromide of sulfur, sort of

SUBROSATE - "under the Rose;" clandestine