The word geek used to mean “a sideshow entertainer who performs outrageous acts”:
Then it morphed into something like “a socially awkward person who enjoys computers and science fiction”:
And then it got cool and went mainstream:
As Mr. Spock might say, “Fascinating.”
What’s your favorite word that we use today with a different meaning than it used to have?
If you need some inspiration, Daily Kos has a long post with a wonderful list of words whose meanings have changed, some long before the modern era.
Apart from the evolution of geek, I kind of love how friend has become a verb: that’s a nice, er, friendly expansion of the word (though of course it’s still in use as a noun, too).
Thanks to bronxbee for suggesting the question.
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