Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock
Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Filibuster: how the meaning changed from piracy to politics

  • Filibuster, freebooter, flyboat all have the same Dutch ancestor: vrijbuiter, meaning ‘privateer’

Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock
Filibuster used to mean “pirate”. Photo: Shutterstock
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).