Trending: guardian

Lookups spiked 6,300% on July 23, 2021

Why are people looking up guardian?

Guardian was among our top lookups on July 23rd, 2021, after Cleveland's baseball team announced that this would be its new name.

The Major League Baseball team in Cleveland is changing its name to Guardians, the franchise announced Friday, dropping the controversial “Indians,” by which it had been known for more than a century.
— Kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC, 23 July 2021

What does guardian mean?

Guardian may be defined in ways that might be apt for the name of a professional sports franchise (“one that guards”), in ways that are inapt for such a name (“one who has the care of the person or property of another”), and in ways that might be puzzling in such a setting (“a superior of a Franciscan monastery”). We presume that “one that guards” is the intended meaning in this case.

What is notable about this use of guardian?

Citations

The Lord Mayor, and is a Citizen, yearly chosen by the Citizens, and approved by the King, unless sometimes for Disloyalty, their Priviledges, and Franchises are taken from them; and a Guardian set over them, as was done by Hen. the Third, and Ed. the First.
A compendium of the laws and government ecclesiastical, civil and military, of England, Scotland & Ireland, 1699

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