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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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55 Comments
Diane Thompson
Very interesting, thank you. I enjoyed the days when "gay" meant "happy".
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Oct 4, 2019 8:13AM
Jim Woodiwiss
And decimate used to mean reduced by 1/10th.
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Sep 23, 2019 6:03PM
Fran Thomas
Enjoyed this. Homely ment good housewife,
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May 24, 2020 4:20PM
Mirian Bubeck
I found interesting and informative.
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May 21, 2020 5:25PM
grandsnica
Thinking of using these on family!
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Mar 15, 2020 5:30PM
Angeles Dembowski
Suffer once meant to allow.
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Feb 14, 2020 1:29PM
allinmyhead
What’s another word for Happy?Brian Walsh,
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Jan 23, 2020 11:31PM
allinmyhead
Still does.Diane Thompson,
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Jan 23, 2020 11:30PM
luckyprincess
John Weiser, it still does in England
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Jan 14, 2020 5:49PM
luckyprincess
Yes some were very suprising
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Jan 14, 2020 5:48PM
Wendy Rodemerk Gruenke
My middle name! My mom said at the time it meant happy and “gay”, !
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Dec 17, 2019 6:00PM
Neena Chand
Diane Thompson, still means happy in other countries.
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Dec 8, 2019 1:59AM
Ronald Cufley
John Weiser, but without the 'e'.
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Nov 30, 2019 6:06PM
Ronald Cufley
Jim Woodiwiss, it was a punishment in the Roman Army. If there was misbehaviour in a group one in ten was executed.
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Nov 30, 2019 6:05PM
Keith Hennessey
John Weiser, IT STILL DOES IN UK...
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Nov 21, 2019 8:23PM
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

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