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10 English words that used to have completely different meanings

Science Story: 10 English words that used to have completely different meanings

Many words we use everyday appeared many centuries ago and have witnessed numerous historical changes, that's why their meanings have mutated over time. Read on to find the most outstanding examples of such words.


Here is what modern English words used to mean many years ago:


Was this information new for you? Which meaning surprised you the most? Do you know any other words which used to mean something completely different?

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51 Comments
Jim Woodiwiss
And decimate used to mean reduced by 1/10th.
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Sep 23, 2019 6:03PM
Helga Hron
littledick, nile
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Nov 16, 2019 4:40PM
jeannefiddler
Some I knew but wish they would do this more often as I love to learn about the meanings of words in the past as today.
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Nov 8, 2019 4:42PM
John Weiser
you forgot Fage it used to mean cigarette
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Nov 5, 2019 4:42PM
littledick
I can understand the word "naughty" to mean "nothing". I had a much older relative who always said "naught" for zero.
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Oct 24, 2019 4:14PM
ann garton
Interesting to tuck away for future reference.😊
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Oct 10, 2019 11:11PM
lxixwithu
Jim Woodiwiss, The word "decimate" has been misused for so long it irritates me.
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Oct 5, 2019 5:13PM
Diane Thompson
Very interesting, thank you. I enjoyed the days when "gay" meant "happy".
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Oct 4, 2019 8:13AM
David Holmes
Virgil E., There is a a street in my city which is named The Shambles. It was originally an area of butcher's shops and where animals were slaughtered. One of the lanes leading into it is named Bull Entry.
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Oct 3, 2019 2:00AM
terribokor
Wow this was very interesting informative
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Oct 1, 2019 9:39PM
Arv Palmer
Nope, I would say you are!
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Sep 26, 2019 4:36PM
Evelyn Dania Cooke
There is a King James Only cult that insists that *meat* in the King James means *grain* so therefore the Bible teaches vegetarianism. They seem to have overlooked that *flesh* was the word for *meat* back then. Great article. Shall share on Facebook.
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Sep 24, 2019 6:54PM
Gautam Shiv Vir
Very interesting
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Sep 24, 2019 2:21PM
Lola
So tRUMP is 'nice'? hahaha
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Sep 24, 2019 1:02PM
ketabaeza
Very interesting
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Sep 24, 2019 11:03AM
scionmouse
deano, Huh?
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Sep 24, 2019 10:00AM

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