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Word Nerd: Crest

By Ryan Hume

For Coast Weekend

Published on August 2, 2018 8:29AM

A large backlit sign attracts passers-by on U.S. Highway 30 to the Astoria Crest Motel, recently purchased by Marshall Doyle and Don West for $1.3 million

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A large backlit sign attracts passers-by on U.S. Highway 30 to the Astoria Crest Motel, recently purchased by Marshall Doyle and Don West for $1.3 million

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A sweeping view of the Columbia River and Astoria Bridge from the Astoria Crest Motel, a hidden gem high up on the hill just off Old Highway 30.

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A sweeping view of the Columbia River and Astoria Bridge from the Astoria Crest Motel, a hidden gem high up on the hill just off Old Highway 30.


Crest  [krɛst]

noun

1. the top of a mountain or hill; summit

2. the frothy top of a wave as it breaks

3. the highest point of a river’s swell

4. a tuft of hair, skin or bone on the head of an animal, such as a rooster’s comb

5. a helmet, or the adornments on top of a helmet

6. generally, the highest point; also, a climax or culmination

7. in heraldry, a coat of arms

8. a popular brand of toothpaste and other oral hygiene products made and distributed by Proctor & Gamble

9. Astoria Crest Motel: an affordable 39-room motel with views of the Columbia River and downtown Astoria. Located on U.S. Highway 30 on the east edge of town, the majority of the rooms have recently been renovated and include a patio or balcony, as well as access to a covered outdoor hot tub.

verb

10. to reach a high point either physically or metaphorically


Origin


Enters English about 1312. Borrowed from the Old French creste, which also means “tuft,” “comb” or “summit,” to replace the Old English hrīs. The Old French developed out of the Latin crista, which also refers to an animal’s tuft or a bird’s plume and comes from the same roots as the Latin words for “hair,” crinis and crispus. The Crest Motel opened above Mott Basin in Astoria in 1952 with 16 rooms. New owners Don and Wendy West and Marshall and Patricia Doyle renamed the expanded property the Astoria Crest Motel amid renovations in 2014.

“(Jonathan White) explained how a crest takes 12 hours to form from high tide to high tide and low tide to low tide. ‘The tide is a long, low wave that travels around the globe at 450 miles. It has no beginning and no end.’”

— Rebecca Herren, “The dynamics of tides,” Seaside Signal, Friday, July 20, 2018

“The Astoria Crest Motel sits on nearly three acres, overlooking the mighty Columbia River, Astoria cityscape and the Astoria Bridge. Many locals and visitors alike believe this is the best view from any hotel/motel in the area.”

—​ astoriacrestmotel.com, accessed on Monday, July 23, 2018



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