10 Words That Originally Meant Something Different

One of the main characteristics of language is that they are constantly evolving. Words today don’t necessarily have the same meaning that they had ten or twenty years ago. This isn’t just because they aren’t used as much, as words that are used on a daily basis have also changed. Whether we notice these words changing or not, have a look at some of the words you use everyday, and consider whether they were used much in the past and what they meant. If you can’t think of any, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with these ten!


If someone were to call you moody in the 16th century, it would be something completely different as opposed to to day. Moody people were the ones who were brave and proud.


Artificial was used as a compliment when constructing sentences back in the 14th century. Artificial people were the ones with great skills and objects that were considered artificial are the ones that were beautifully made.

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