The vagaries of our ever-evolving lexicon (i.e, language is funny)

I both love and loathe how much language has changed just since I was a kid:

rubber‘ meant eraser
ass‘ meant donkey
gay‘ meant happy
straight ‘meant linear
making out‘ meant ‘logical detection’
cock‘ meant rooster
pussy‘ meant cat
stag‘ meant a male deer
prick‘ meant a jab
poke‘ meant a nudge
chick‘ meant a baby hen
screw‘ meant a carpenter’s implement
and a ‘Tit‘ was always for ‘Tat’!
… it is a bit astonishing how it’s all evolved. Is that evolution good or bad? uf010517

I’m not really sure, still a bit on the fence about it all. It is amusing to watch it play out over the past two decades though!

 

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