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Word of the Week: Barn Burners

By Matthew, Reporter

A barn burner is an event that arouses excitement or interest. The word was first used in 1835 and is in the bottom 30% of used words. Its original definition was the burning of a barn to rid it of vermin. The definition of this word was altered in the 1930s. Barn burners may also refer to a faction of United States government that was led by the former president Martin Van Buren. Always be specific when using this word in a sentence; you can clearly see how someone might get confused by the many denotations of this word.

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