15 words that have drastically changed meaningsPosted by Josh Taylor / January 29, 2014
Remember when “cool” meant “a little bit cold,” “bad” meant the opposite of “good,” and Republican meant Democrat? Here’s a list of other words whose meanings have changed even more drastically. For example:
Used to mean: A low-life
In Middle English, “brothel” described the kind of person who’d cheat, steal, and … possibly frequent a bordello.
Used to mean: A tenant or housemate
Try posting an “Inmate Wanted” ad on Craigslist today and see what happens.
Used to mean: A frothy liquid
We swear this isn’t a board game bluff.
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