19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In Meaning

Language is always evolving so the origin of an idiom or word is less important than the common meaning, but it still makes for interesting trivia. Read on for 19 instances of semantic drift over time.

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In Meaning

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningRead more: The 5 Most Frequently Misused Proverbs

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: The Guardian

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: The Guardian

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Grammarist

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: The Guardian

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Urbo

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Mental Floss

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningRead more: The 5 Most Frequently Misused Proverbs

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningRead more: The 5 Most Frequently Misused Proverbs

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: The Guardian

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningRead more: The 5 Most Frequently Misused Proverbs

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In MeaningSource: Grammarphobia

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19 Phrases & Words That Have Completely Changed In Meaning

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