One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an iron rod’
bar, stick, pole, baton, staff
shaft, strut, rail, spoke
cane, birch, switch
2‘the ceremonial rod of the House of Commons’
staff, wand, mace, sceptre
3the rod‘instruction in these subjects was brisk and accompanied by the rod’
corporal punishment, the cane, the lash, the birch, the belt, the strap
beating, flogging, caning, birching
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