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    Cool Words whose meanings have changed with contemporary use

    After posting the Puff the Magic Dragon thread it occurred to me that there are vast numbers of words whose meanings have changed with contemporary use.

    In addition to the phrase Puff the Magic Dragon (which, before the song came out in the 60's would have had a completely different meaning), the two most obvious that come to my mind, and have changed in my lifetime:

    sick
    gay


    what words have changed meaning in your and your parents' lifetime?
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    the bomb
    bitchen
    nerd
    walking the Appalachian Trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    the bomb
    bitchen
    nerd
    walking the Appalachian Trail
    I love the last one
    "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."
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    Hooking up.
    Skanky

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    faggot and queer

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    rape

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    Thong!

    Murphy Brown: What is it with us? Why can't we take the easy road once in awhile?
    Avery Brown: Because it's boring and dishonest and uncomfortable, like wearing a pair of shoes all day that pinch your feet.

    approx 55% ES, 90% TJ

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    Fat
    Retarded
    Nasty
    Off the hook/chain
    Hook up (we said it meaning to go meet somebody)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Hook up (we said it meaning to go meet somebody)
    LOL, my 55 yo mother told my brother (23)'s 20 something year old friend, "I should hook you up with some of his friends if you're ever in that area."

    I knew what she meant but I had to tell her the revised meaning several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnestic View Post
    Thong!

    Hahaha

    We still call them thongs downunder
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