English words and terms that have changed meaning?
September 8, 2010 5:02 PM Subscribe
What are some English words and terms that have changed meaning significantly in the last century or so?
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y to Writing & Language (69 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I regularly pull out items (images, news pieces, ads) from our library collections to show off to the public. A lot of our material is from the mid-1800s to the early/mid-1900s, and of course a lot of the language used then has changed meaning since.
We have a huge amount of stuff digitised, so I usually find things by searching for specific words and terms. What are some words that might bring up some interesting and surprising results?
One example I have is a news item about a man described as a "second-grade computer".