Reading this article, there is a line,

Biden also recalled the Senate of yore, as he has done multiple times as president: “It used to be you had to stand there and talk and talk and talk and talk until you collapsed. And guess what, people got tired of talking.”

I thought first Biden recalled he has been the old decades member of Senate, since the word yore is defined by Merriam,

time past and especially long past —usually used in the phrase of yore

But when I think like that, the following line

as he has done multiple times as president:

will not make sense.


Does the expression "Senate of yore," mean what the Senate has been doing for over the decade?

Thank you for your precious time.

  • I kinda doubt Biden himself used the word "yore" like that. Sure, he's old, but the word "yore" itself is positively Victorian. In context, I'd say it's a slightly facetious usage from the writer (who probably didn't intend to make Biden seem even older than he is, "by association" with outdated vocabulary. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 18:35

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The sentence says that Biden is recalling what the Senate used to do, and that he has talked about this many times since becoming president. You might rephrase this:

On several occasions since Biden became president, he has recalled how the Senate was in the old days.

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