I particularly enjoyed the section on changes in word meanings over time, some even have come to mean the opposite of their original meanings:
Some words came to mean almost the complete opposite of their original meanings. For instance, counterfeit used to mean a legitimate copy; brave once implied cowardice; crafty was originally a term of praise; cute used to mean bow-legged; enthusiasm and zeal were both once disparaging words; manufacture originally meant to make by hand; awful meant deserving of awe; egregious originally connoted eminent or admirable; artificial was a positive description meaning full of skilful artifice; etc.
I’d love to get more on the ‘why’ behind the changes. Some are obvious, like awful but others seem to defy logic like counterfeit.
- Meaning of Words Again (socyberty.com)
- What is your favorite word in the English language that most people don’t know the meaning of? (reddit.com)
- Some troublesome word usages (writeorrevisedaily.wordpress.com)
- Skilled readers rely on their brain’s ‘visual dictionary’ to recognize words (reddit.com)
- ..What Comes Out When Ecologists Do Linguist’s Work? ..Maybe a Word Cloud with Spatial Meaning? (r-bloggers.com)
- Poll: What Is 2011′s Word of the Year? (newsfeed.time.com)