7 Colloquial Words That Used to Mean Something else ...

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Bring one person back from the dead from years ago and he or she would be bewildered at the words that used to mean something else long ago. The meanings of words change all the time and unfortunately their origins are very often forgotten. Interestingly, some of the every day words we use now actually had the totally opposite meaning. I wonder how we get from one end of the spectrum to another! Let’s just take a look at some of the words that used to mean something else years ago.

1. Awful

Out of all the words that used to mean something else, “awful” underwent one of the most dramatic changes over the years. Today we know that this word has a lot of negative connotations and we often use it to describe something unpleasant or disturbing. However, in the 1300s it actually meant “inspiring wonder” or “full of awe”!

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