August 03, 2015
reel (noun)
\REEL\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a lively dance originally of the Scottish Highlands; also : the music for this dance
How do you use it?
"A minute later she was whirled away in his arms to the dancing-floor, where, along with the other three women and their partners, a rollicking Virginia reel was soon in progress." (Jack London, _Burning Daylight_)
Are you a word wiz?

Our Buzzword "reel" is a noun, but there is another "reel" that is a different part of speech. Which of the sentences below uses "reel" correctly as that other part of speech?

We hope you picked A, the "reel" answer! B, C, and D should have used "real," while sentence A correctly illustrates "reel," the verb meaning "to turn or move around and around." This "reel" dates to the 1300s and was the inspiration for today's Buzzword, which got its start in the late 1500s. There are at least two more "reel" words. Fishing enthusiasts know "reel" as a noun referring to a device upon which something (like fishing line) is wound. It dates to the 1000s and gave rise in the 1300s to another verb "reel," meaning "to wind or draw on a reel."
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