To Burke

To Burke November 4, 2014

For those of you who find this kind of thing interesting. From my friend William Tighe, an historian teaching at Muhlenberg College:

Definition of BURKE
transitive verb

1. to suppress quietly or indirectly
2. bypass, avoid

Origin of BURKE

from burke to suffocate, from William Burke †1829 Irish criminal executed for smothering victims to sell their bodies for dissection

First Known Use: 1829


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