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Trivia Common Words That Used To Mean Completely Different Things

Discussion in 'Academic & Campus Talk' started by Yours, May 3, 2016.

  1. Cute (Dates to 1731)
    Today's Meaning: Pretty in a youthful way. Original Meaning: Clever, shrewd.

    Bully (Dates to 1538)

    Today's Meaning: Someone cruel to those weaker. Original Meaning: Sweetheart.

    Prestigious (Dates to 1546)

    Today's Meaning: Honored. Original Meaning: Involving trickery.

    Matrix (Dates to 1555)


    Today's Meaning: Pattern of lines and spaces. Original Meaning: Female breeding animal.
    Garble (Dates to the 1400s)

    Today's Meaning: Cause something to be confusing. Original Meaning: Sift, separate out impurities.
    Nervous (Dates to the 1300s)

    Today's Meaning: Jumpy. Original Meaning: Sinewy.

    Assassin (Dates to the 1200s)


    Today's Meaning: Killer of a VIP. Original Meaning: Hashish eater.
    Silly (Dates to the 1300s)

    Today's Meaning: Foolish. Original Meaning: Innocent.
    Nice (Dates to the 1300s)

    Today's Meaning: Kind, good. Original Meaning: Foolish, wanton.

    Backlog (Dates to 1684)

    Today's Meaning: Large number of jobs to be done. Original Meaning: Largest log in the hearth.
    Dapper (Dates to the 1400s)

    Today's Meaning: Stylish. Original Meaning: Brave.
    Girl (Dates to the 1300s)

    Today's Meaning: Young female. Original Meaning: Young person, either gender.

    Fantastic (Dates to the 1300s)

    Today's Meaning: Exceptional. Original Meaning: Existing only in the imagination.
    Buxom (Dates to the 1100s)

    Today's Meaning: Large-breasted. Original Meaning: Compliant.
    Fizzle (Dates to 1598)

    Today's Meaning: Fail weakly. Original Meaning: Fart quietly.

  2. bozzr5

    bozzr5 Enthusiast Established

    Nice..dagdag kaalaman
  3. foxgalano

    foxgalano Forum Veteran Established

  4. borugs

    borugs Eternal Poster Established

  5. jcerana

    jcerana Forum Veteran Established

  6. Nice one, Bully. >:)
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