10 Words That Mean the Opposite of What They Used to Mean
Thanks to cultural changes, incorrect translations, and a host of other reasons, word meanings often shift over time. Here, ten words that have done a 180.
Current meaning: Very unpleasant
Original meaning: Inspiring wonder, as in “full of awe.” Here are 15 more words that have completely changed meaning over time.
Current meaning: Contrived or false
Original meaning: Artfully and skillfully constructed. Here are 8 words that totally sound artificial (today’s definition), but are 100% real.
Current meaning: Evildoer
Original meaning: A trusted farm hand. It used to be spelled villein, and it evolved into the version we’re familiar with today. Learn the origins of some more of your favorite slang words.
Current meaning: A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject
Original meaning: A drinking party. The word comes from the Greek word “symposion,” which the ancient Greeks used to describe their lively, boozy banquets. Here are 10 words that mean very different thing in England and America.
Current meaning: A promiscuous woman
Original meaning: A goofy, mischievous man. Check out these 10 unique words you’ll only find in English.
Current meaning: A matter of no importance
Original meaning: A hypothetical idea created specifically to be talked about.
Current meaning: Seeming fair, but falsely so
Original meaning: Fair or beautiful. Check out how the pronunciation of these 12 words can predict where you are from.
Current meaning: Shockingly bad
Original meaning: Anything that separates itself from a group. Speaking of separating from a group, that’s what you’ll be doing if you learn the true meanings of these 70 words and phrases you’re probably using all wrong.