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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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61 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
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
steve
I have always considered "awfully good" as an oxymoron. Interesting to know that at one time it would have meant "so good that it is awesome."
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Oct 16, 2021 7:01PM
Darlene Davidson
Butterflies were originally called flutterbys.
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Oct 12, 2021 8:41PM
Lynda Jacob
Knew a few of the meanings. Very interesting.
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Oct 11, 2021 10:00AM
Lorena Arias
I loved it!
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Oct 3, 2021 8:11PM
Ruthanna Battilana
Gives new meaning to the expression " naughty or nice".
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Jun 14, 2021 12:20AM
Linda Drayer
Somewhat confusing!
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Jun 5, 2021 2:53PM
aileenputze
Can we please have more articles like this?
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Mar 18, 2021 6:38PM
Bob Bracegirdle
I was always taught that nice meant exact as in engineering terms a nice fit.
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Jul 15, 2020 5:20PM
John Sundar
Medicines administered to kill pain (most often Headache) or any tablet used to be called 'pills' refer only to 'contraceptives' these days. What a Headache!. By the by, look at 'administer' and the change in meaning that is evolving.
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Jun 24, 2020 1:25AM
evekiraga
I love this background and as a language arts teacher; I should have seen it by the root words such as awful, full of awe, or acute or naught meaning nothing.
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May 31, 2020 9:23AM
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

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