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Bully

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Bully (Dates to 1538)

Today’s meaning: someone cruel to those weaker.

Original meaning: sweetheart. According to Merriam-Webster, it most likely came from the old Dutch word boel, meaning ‘lover’.

Check out these frequently used idioms in the English language.

Prestigious

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Prestigious (Dates to 1546)

Today’s meaning: honoured.

Original meaning: involving trickery, illusion, or conjuring. Interesting…’prestigious’ used to mean something a little closer to ‘presto’.

Matrix

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Matrix (Dates to 1555)

Today’s meaning: pattern of lines and spaces.

Original meaning: female breeding animal. This usage dates as far back as ancient Rome!

Find out which is the most misused word in the English language.

Garble

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Garble (Dates to the 1400s)

Today’s meaning: cause something to be confusing.

Original meaning: sift, separate out impurities. Almost the opposite meaning!

Can you spell the hardest words in the English language? Find out here.

Nervous

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Nervous (Dates to the 1300s)

Today’s meaning: jumpy.

Original meaning: sinewy or strong.

Assassin

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Assassin (Dates to the 1200s)

Today’s meaning: killer of a VIP.

Original meaning: hashish eater. ‘Hashish’ is a hemp plant, and the word ‘assassin’ comes from an Arabic word meaning “drug addict’.

Interested in historical facts? Find out the famous famous moments in history that never actually happened.

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Silly

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Silly (Dates to the 1300s)

Today’s meaning: foolish or frivolous.

Original meaning: innocent or pitiable.

Nice

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Nice (Dates to the 1300s)

Today’s meaning: kind, good.

Original meaning: foolish, wanton.

here are some ‘nice’ kindness quotes that will stay with you forever.

Backlog

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Backlog (Dates to 1684)

Today’s meaning: large number of jobs to be done.

Original meaning: largest log in the hearth. Yes, ‘backlog’ used to denote a literal log!

Dapper

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Dapper (Dates to the 1400s)

Today’s meaning: stylish.

Original meaning: brave. Either way, it’s an attractive quality!

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