Friday, July 28, 2017

6 Words That Underwent Meaning Transformations (Part 1)

When taking a life-changing exam, like the PTE Academic test and the IELTS test, it is crucial that you make the most out of your review period. Enroll in a preparatory program that centers on your target examination.

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The instructors of training facilities provide insightful lectures about their exam specialization. PTE Academic review coaches teach you how to navigate the test’s components while IELTS review instructors discuss the assessment’s critical points. They also dissect and tackle the coverage of their respective evaluation.

While focusing on your studies is the key to exam success, it is also vital that you take regular time-outs from your intensive IELTS or PTE Academic review. Rest your mind and engage in your hobbies. Give your cognitive faculties time to unwind and recharge. 

If you are one of those reviewees who want to spend every second of their preparation period focused on their English studies, use your breaks to learn more about the quirky side of language with these fascinating word transformations. Here are six words that underwent definition changes.

1.    Meat
Current meaning: (n.) typically refers to animal flesh prepared or served for consumption. It can also refer to animal flesh in general. 
Example: Chicken is her favorite meat after pork.
Original meaning: (n.) refers to food in general.
Example: That tavern serves great meat and drinks.

2.    Inmate
Current meaning: (n.) refers to someone confined in a prison or hospital.
Example: The news about the escaped inmates was the subject of their latest IELTS review lecture.
Original meaning: (n.) refers to a housemate or occupant.
Example: Can you tell your inmate to lower the volume of her radio?

3.    Silly
Current meaning: (adj.) used to refer to someone or something foolish or intellectually lacking,  
Example: Don’t be silly and take my umbrella with you. It’s pouring outside.
Original meaning: (adj.) refers to someone vulnerable or weak.
Example: The absence of his brother’s guidance left him silly to the negative influence of his peers.

4.    Cupboard
Current meaning: (n.) refers to a storage unit that typically contains food and eating utensils. 
Example: Can you grab the cereal for me? It’s in the cupboard above the sink. 
Original meaning: (n.) refers to a table or literally the board where you place your cup.
Example: He nearly tipped the cupboard over in his haste to leave the dining room.

5.    Heartburn
Current meaning: (n.) refers to the throbbing pain in the lower sternum.  
Example: His frequent heartburns worried him enough to go to the doctor.
Original meaning: (n.) refers to extreme feelings of hatred or jealousy.
Example: Heartburn consumed him when he saw his wife with another man.

6.    Punk
Current meaning: (n.) can refer to an inexperienced individual, a gangster, or a person who takes on punk rock styles.  
Example: His friends had a field day when they uncovered his photos from his punk rock phase.
Original meaning: (n.) refers to a prostitute.
Example: “Put on more clothes!” her great-grandmother told her. “People might mistake you for a punk.”
Make your breaks more meaningful by learning about interesting language trivia. Supplement your review with fun facts to energize your preparation efforts and take a step closer to your desired results.


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  • Green, Amanda. "15 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To." Mental Floss. November 19, 2015. Accessed June 22, 2017.
  • Jones, Paul Anthony. "20 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To." Mental Floss. June 11, 2015. Accessed June 22, 2017.
  • Jones, Paul Anthony. "10 Words That Don't Mean What They Used to: When Meerkats Were Monkeys and Bimbos Were Boys." The Guardian. October 26, 2016. Accessed June 22, 2017.

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