Monthly Archives: June 2013

2 Rebels Who Made ‘Filibuster’ Famous

Filibuster simply means ‘to obstruct or delay’. The Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal wrote El Filibusterismo as a protest against the Spanish Occupation of his country. He told his friend Ferdinand Blumentritt that the word “filibustero” is very little … Continue reading

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Attention word nerds: 13 mysteries of the vernacular, solved

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Before a ‘clue’ became a thing that excited a detective, the word referred to a ball of yarn. So how did this shift in meaning occur? Because in Greek mythology, Ariadne threw a ball of…

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