Filibuster. We heard Senator Paul Rand’s last night. It’s fun word to say! But where did they come up with such an outlandish name? Well, my friends, it is a Dutch term that means “to pirate.” So you could say (I guess) “he filibustered the ship.” The senate in the 1850’s thought it was the perfect term to describe the “pirating” of the senate floor by a Senator to prevent a vote.

Merriam-Webster has two definitions for filibuster, and the first has nothing to do with the senate floor: an irregular military adventurer; specifically: an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century.

(Picture above from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – a famous movie filibuster.)

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