choice words

LAMBAST – to beat someone up with a cane

Charles Sumner was lambasted on the senate floor, if you don’t recall. He was not just lambasted with any old cane – it had a gold head. I really could write a lot about canes. They are the ultimate prop – classy, elderly, and a piece of weaponry, if need be. In this engraving, it looks like poor Mr. Sumner has a swastika scar on his forehead from the lambasting.

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