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A.Word.A.Day--filibuster

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This week's theme: words related to pirates.

filibuster (FIL-uh-bus-tuhr) verb tr., intr.

1. To block or delay the passage of legislation, especially by making prolonged irrelevant speeches.

2. To block or delay something.

noun

Such a delaying tactic.

[Filibuster was another name for pirates in the "Golden Age of Piracy", from roughly 1650 to 1720. From Spanish filibustero, from French flibustier, from Dutch vrijbuiter (freebooter or pirate).]

See more usage examples of filibuster in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Guest Wordsmith John (Ol' Chumbucket) Baur (chumbucketATtalklikeapirate.com)

"Anyway, [the megaphone] came in handy. For while the public address system filibustered, Mortlake filled in." Geoffrey Mortlake; Megaphone Diplomacy Helps Crowd But Baffles Tony; The Observer (London, UK); Aug 27, 2006.

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The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing -- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. -John Keats, poet (1795-1821)

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