Lightning rod for controversy

Posted by Bob on May 05, 2005

In Reply to: Lightning rod for controversy posted by ESC on May 05, 2005

: : What does "the lightning rod for controversy" means? Does it means the focus of a controversy or the shield that avoid a controversy?

: : I'm an English learner. If there's any mistake in my sentences, please point it out.

: It means someone or something that attracts or draws controversy.

: From Merriam-Webster:

: Main Entry: lightning rod
: Function: noun
: 1 : a grounded metallic rod set up on a structure (as a building) to protect it from lightning
: 2 : one that serves to divert attack from another or as a frequent target of criticism

Your question was clearly worded. The only grammar error is that it should have been "does it mean" rather than "does it means."