in 50 years some English words might change their meanings

Calgary, Alberta
December 29, 2010 9:40am CST
I think during the 1960's the word 'gayy' means happy and now it means hommosexual. Before the word text means letters but now its a term for sending a message through a cellphone. As years gone by I notice that there are words that changes their meanings and some words might actually go obsolete after few decades. If people 100 years from now will get to read our conversation here in mylot they may not understand it because English is evolving. I think before the word "suck" means slurping but now it when something is awful we think "it suck" Before the B word is a term for female dogs now its a term for rude,unlikable and mean women. The word stud before is a term for male dogs now its a term attractive males and playboys.
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
29 Dec 10
Wonder how embarrassing it becomes for the oldies here. Imagine this - we grew up reading - In Spring I look gay, Decked in comely array, In Summer more clothing I wear; or Bum, bum, bailey, O! Two to one, the barbel O! Barbel, O! Barbel, O! Bum, bum, bailey, O! Wonder if this confusions continue how are they going to deal with this - change these rhymes or get the new ones with different words? Cheers, theSids.
• Calgary, Alberta
29 Dec 10
What a poem? and teachers makes you read that in school? Its weird that during the 1500's apologize means to defend what you did but for some unknown reason around 1800's it changed its meaning: learned it from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToZS-I47zAs
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
29 Dec 10
That is so very true. Words do change every time and the meaning of them do sound a lot over the years. Reading older literature with certain words, that I do a double take before I realize that they might have meant something else, because it was in fact of a different time. It just proves that everything changes. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst, but there are just everything that is going to change, including the words of the English language.
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• Calgary, Alberta
29 Dec 10
We even see foreign words being adapted into the English language. I think some of the new words is good for the language but other words is degrading the language. I also have a hard time reading some older literature, specially the medieval ones,thousands of years ago, the term "I'm biting a finger at you" is a huge insult. say that today, no one will understand what you say. I just hope people wont use the term LOL, LMAO and ROFL in personal conversations that requires using voice.
29 Dec 10
I go with what you say. There are words that are used before and now no more. They may also have a different meaning meaning then as to what we are now accoustomed to know. These is due to changing times.Some words are also changed to make it into a commercial item.
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• Calgary, Alberta
29 Dec 10
I read an English literature from thousands of years ago and I can understand a thing, most of the words there are not being used today. Yes some words changed their meanings quickly because of commercialization. Its kinda strange we are not noticing the changes until we realize it after a decade.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
29 Dec 10
You are right, it is true and there are a lot of words that got new meaning and there are a lot of words that added to the language like PC INTERNET, and many short cuts like WTF, LOL, STF and more..
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• Calgary, Alberta
29 Dec 10
I cant even remember when did I learn saying LOL,WTF,STF and LMAO, I just adapted to them without awareness. for sure only one person invented those terms or change the meanings of a certain word but word of mouth runs like a virus. Some people are adapting without being consciously aware.