US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

We are all familiar with impeachment, but what are the origins of the word?

  • Former US president Donald Trump was impeached for a second time before leaving office
  • The meaning of impeach has evolved from its first appearance in Middle English

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for a second time, on January 13. Photo: Reuters
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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).