Fascinating Changes

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Fascinating Changes

Postby Sabina » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:13 am

[color=#385500][size=150]The meaning of words[/size] can (and often does) change with time... that is still so today. What is interesting, or actually fascinating to discover is just how much some of these words have changed.[/color]

girl - from gyrle (Old English), original meaning was young person of either sex
luxury - original meaning was sinful self-indulgence B0)

to tell - original meaning was to count, reckon
knight - original meaning was boy, youth, or servant =0@

pretty - original meaning was cunning, skillful, or artful
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And now comes my favorite... only a few days ago I explained that I used to have a problem with the word "nice" because it can mean anything and therefore it means nothing. I had no idea my words were "historical"![/color]

nice - original meaning was... foolish, stupid, senseless (!)

[color=#385500]And how did it come to mean what it means today?
Step by step... so let's look at the meanings of the word "nice" through time.[/color]
1. nice = foolish, stupid, senseless
[color=#385500]became...[/color]
2. nice = fussy, fastidious
[color=#385500]which turned into...[/color]
3. nice = dainty, delicate
[color=#385500]which then again meant...[/color]
4. nice = precise, careful
[color=#385500]bringing us to...[/color]
5. nice = agreeable, delightful
[color=#385500]to end up with...[/color]
6. nice = kind, thoughtful [size=85](around the year 1830)[/size]

=0@ =0X
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Re: Fascinating Changes

Postby Ryan » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:57 am

Ha ha ha!
That was nice!

Seriously though... very interesting, thank you.
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Re: Fascinating Changes

Postby Metatron » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:48 pm

Agreed, this really was an interesting read. Thank you :)
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