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(News.com.au)   Thirteen words that don't mean what they used to   (news.com.au) divider line 93
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2014-02-01 12:17:21 AM  
You sound dapper.
 
2014-02-01 01:35:05 AM  

phlegmmo: You sound dapper.


That was quite an ejaculation.
 
2014-02-01 08:26:57 AM  
Those were literally not the words I was expecting.
 
2014-02-01 08:27:04 AM  
1. Boot

2. Torch

3. Fanny

4. Cheers

Any I'm missing for the Australian news source?
 
2014-02-01 08:27:05 AM  
In dating circles, they forgot "curvy"
 
2014-02-01 08:28:23 AM  
I expect more than a few ejaculations in this thread.
 
2014-02-01 08:29:47 AM  
But don't forget - "decimate" will ALWAYS mean "to reduce by one-tenth" and will NEVER mean "to devastate"!
 
2014-02-01 08:30:40 AM  

skinink: I expect more than a few ejaculations in this thread.


This makes me gay.
 
2014-02-01 08:31:19 AM  
2. Charisma
Previous meaning: A divinely power.

Before you start telling me what words mean maybe you should get a handle on grammar
 
2014-02-01 08:32:05 AM  
Gay.
 
2014-02-01 08:33:09 AM  
Thong.
 
2014-02-01 08:34:19 AM  
Tweet
 
2014-02-01 08:34:23 AM  
Gay thongs.
 
2014-02-01 08:35:11 AM  
To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.
 
2014-02-01 08:38:32 AM  
TFA: "Here are some old definitions of words. I will then use my deep inductive power to claim it meant the opposite of what it now means, even when historical sources contradict me, because I have no idea what a historical source is. Please don't hate me, I make $3 an hour writing for a content farm and submitting links to Fark."
 
2014-02-01 08:40:29 AM  
Just like their, there, and they're all mean the same thing now, and who's and whose, and apostrophes pluralize words, English is an evolving language.
 
2014-02-01 08:41:06 AM  
What a queer thread.
 
2014-02-01 08:44:00 AM  
You can still say ejaculate for something explosive.
 
2014-02-01 08:46:08 AM  

Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.


I'll make sure to tell my brooch.
 
2014-02-01 08:48:43 AM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-01 08:50:50 AM  
Extreme

It used to mean "of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average"

now it means "something we want 20-somehings to buy"

larsmartinson.com

img.fark.net

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-01 08:51:19 AM  
No comments about the Pirelli calendar slideshow on the right side.
Farkers are slipping.
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/photos-e6frfmq9-1226768961325?p ag e=6
 
2014-02-01 08:52:04 AM  

Ecaps: What a queer thread.


It's a perfectly cromulent list.
 
2014-02-01 08:52:40 AM  

AngryDragon: In dating circles, they forgot "curvy"


It's like they don't even realize we can see the pics they included.
 
2014-02-01 08:56:43 AM  

Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.


 

Starshines: Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.

I'll make sure to tell my brooch.


He needs to stop hanging around the wrong people, that's Sasquach's problem.
 
2014-02-01 09:05:27 AM  

Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.


And remember: You did exactly the same thing to your parents words, and they did it to theirs...
 
2014-02-01 09:06:44 AM  
"The sleepers were all aroused: ejaculations, terrified murmurs sounded in every room"

Whelp, I'll be in my bunk everybody. See you all in like two minutes.
 
2014-02-01 09:06:47 AM  

megarian: Gay thongs.


AKA show tunes.
 
2014-02-01 09:06:48 AM  
Turrist
 
2014-02-01 09:06:53 AM  
Virtually. Makes me cringe when I hear people say it.
 
2014-02-01 09:09:27 AM  
from the online etymology dictionary


I remember this one because of Terry Pratchett (love those footnotes)
 
2014-02-01 09:10:04 AM  
thug
 
2014-02-01 09:10:06 AM  
Homo Milk
 
2014-02-01 09:10:09 AM  
I've pulled a few boners in my time...
 
2014-02-01 09:11:14 AM  
If you have  523 free minutes, watch this relevant documentary

The Story of English

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary"

-James D. Nicoll (1990-05-15). "The King's English".
 
2014-02-01 09:12:12 AM  
I've pulled a few boners in m

baconbeard: I've pulled a few boners in my time...


SONOFABICH!!!
 
2014-02-01 09:20:56 AM  

Joce678: Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.

And remember: You did exactly the same thing to your parents words, and they did it to theirs...


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-01 09:21:58 AM  
epic
 
2014-02-01 09:23:23 AM  
Motherfarker.
 
2014-02-01 09:26:44 AM  
Bimbo used to be a term for gangsters or other rough, unsophisticated men in the 1920's. Then it shifted to just meaning dumb men, then dumb, and then dumb women. It's a weird shift.
 
2014-02-01 09:28:30 AM  

Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.


You sound shallow and pedantic.
 
2014-02-01 09:30:55 AM  

Persnickety: Those were literally not the words I was expecting.


I don't think you're using that word correctly. In the modern usage, it means "not literally."
 
2014-02-01 09:40:07 AM  

NothingCanPossiblyeGoWrong: 2. Charisma
Previous meaning: A divinely power.

Before you start telling me what words mean maybe you should get a handle on grammar


Apparently either adverb or adjective had a different meaning in the past as well.
 
2014-02-01 09:43:45 AM  

megarian: Gay thongs.


www.cvc-china.com
 
2014-02-01 09:44:46 AM  

Sasquach: To all my fellow pendants out there:

Popular usage wins out and there is nothing that can be done.


This. But it's different from than what I prefer.
 
2014-02-01 09:45:25 AM  
Cool thread, people.
 
2014-02-01 09:46:06 AM  
That list literally caused my brain to explode.
 
2014-02-01 09:47:27 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: If you have  523 free minutes, watch this relevant documentary

The Story of English

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary"

-James D. Nicoll (1990-05-15). "The King's English".


Wow.  Even numbers don't have the same meaning any more.
 
2014-02-01 09:50:22 AM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-01 09:55:09 AM  
Successful and Attractive African Americans
 
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