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
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