Friday, August 11, 2017

6 Words That Underwent Meaning Transformations (Part 2)

Language is a dynamic communication medium. While it is governed by linguistic structures and grammar principles, it is constantly changing and expanding with the passage of time. New words are added to dictionaries regularly and established rules are frequently challenged.

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Complement your preparation periods by learning fun facts about the language. Words not only increased in number over the years, some of them also underwent meaning alterations. Here are six words that do not mean what they originally meant. 

1.    Naughty
Current meaning: (adj.) refers to someone who disregards propriety.  
Example: She threatened to hurt him if he made any naughty jokes in front of her children.
Original meaning: (adj.) refers to someone of immoral, evil, or vicious character.
Example: The naughty man was sent to the gallows for murdering his kin.

2.    Queen
Current meaning: (n.) refers to the matriarch of a nation or king’s wife. 
Example: The queen was brilliant and aggressive during her rule.
Original meaning:  (n.) generally refers to a wife or a woman.
Example: His queen welcomed him every day with miso soup.

3.    Explode
Current meaning: (v.) to blow up or detonate something.  
Example: The bomb will explode at midnight.
Original meaning: (v.) to heckle a performer and encourage him or her to leave the stage.
Example: His acting was so bad that the audience exploded after his character committed the massacre.

4.    Defecate
Current meaning: (v.) to eject or discharge something from your anus.

He discreetly excused himself from the table, feeling his pressing need to pass wind and defecate after eating too much cheese.
Original meaning: (v.) to purify or clean something.
Example: He made sure to defecate his water by boiling it before drinking.

5.    Quell

Current meaning: (v.) to subdue or put under one’s control.

Example: He learned how to quell his speaking anxiety during his IELTS review.
Original meaning: (v.) to kill.
Example: For the sake of his country, the man quelled his pride and strived to work harmoniously with his enemy.

6.    Flirt
Current meaning: (v.) to present superficial interest to something, to come close to achieving something, or to behave romantically when interacting with someone without serious intent. 
Example: Stop flirting with danger and wear your helmet next time you ride your motorcycle.
Original meaning: (v.) to make erratic motions or to flick something away. 
Example: She flirts her hair away from her eyes.
While these trivia might be at times funny and downright strange, they offer a peak to the evolution of language through time. Enhance your IELTS and PTE review experience with language trivia. Enroll in JRooz Review Center’s courses to learn more facts about the English language. 


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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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