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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

what’s your favorite word that we use today with a different meaning than it used to have?

The word geek used to mean “a sideshow entertainer who performs outrageous acts”:

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Then it morphed into something like “a socially awkward person who enjoys computers and science fiction”:

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And then it got cool and went mainstream:

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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).

Your turn…

Thanks to bronxbee for suggesting the question.

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)


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