I came across a fun article at Huffpost on how may words have changed meaning over the years: "An ‘Accidental Dictionary’ Explores How Errors Created The English Language."
In The Accidental Dictionary by Paul Anthony Jones you'll find tidbits such as:
“Clumsy” once meant “numb with cold.” “Hallucinate” once meant “deceive,” and “prestigious” once meant “deceitful.” “Queen” once meant “wife.”
. . . a cupboard was originally a table, and that pink was originally yellow (and in that sense probably derives from pinkeln, an old German dialect word meaning “to urinate”).
Makes you wonder--what if every word in your story changed meaning over time?
For what it’s worth.
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