April 03, 2013
- bull pen (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a large cell where prisoners are held until brought into court2 a : a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers warm up b : the relief pitchers of a team
- How do you use it?
- After the starting pitcher gave up six runs in the first inning, the team's manager was forced to make an early call to the bull pen for the first available relief pitcher.
- Are you a word wiz?
The first known printed use of "bull pen" was recorded in 1809. What other event do you think took place that year?You didn't strike out if you picked answer A! Edgar Allan Poe, the American author known for his tales of horror, was born January 19, 1809. Poe's poem "The Raven" showcases one of literature's most famous birds, but it is the "golden eagle" whose name made its first appearance the year Poe was born. A "boa constrictor," which would have fitted nicely into a Poe story, squeezed its way into the language at around the same time. For those interested in money, "life insurance" and "stock market" were also introduced, along with "doughnut" and "cookbook," for those with food on their minds.