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    I'm guilty of "travesty" and "nauseous". I had no idea about "enormity" and I knew about "terrific" but didn't care anyway since the meaning has all but officially changed on that one!

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    How funny.. I'm guilty of pretty much all of them lol

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    I only recently found out about "nauseous". However it appears to be one of the many words whose official meaning has changed in keeping with its popular usage: http://oxforddictionaries.com/defini...ous?q=Nauseous

    Another good example is "hopefully". It once meant "in a hopeful manner", eg one might buy a Lotto ticket hopefully. But it was misused so much that the official definition has changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post

    Another good example is "hopefully". It once meant "in a hopeful manner", eg one might buy a Lotto ticket hopefully. But it was misused so much that the official definition has changed.
    May sound silly but what other definition is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatia&shura View Post
    May sound silly but what other definition is there?
    hope·ful·ly
    adverb
    1.
    in a hopeful manner: We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
    2.
    it is hoped; if all goes well: Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
    Origin:
    1630–40; hopeful + -ly

    Usage note
    Although some strongly object to its use as a sentence modifier, hopefully meaning “it is hoped (that)” has been in use since the 1930s and is fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing: Hopefully, tensions between the two nations will ease. This use of hopefully is parallel to that of certainly, curiously, frankly, regrettably, and other sentence modifiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    hope·ful·ly
    adverb
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    in a hopeful manner: We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
    2.
    it is hoped; if all goes well: Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
    Origin:
    1630–40; hopeful + -ly

    Usage note
    Although some strongly object to its use as a sentence modifier, hopefully meaning “it is hoped (that)” has been in use since the 1930s and is fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing: Hopefully, tensions between the two nations will ease. This use of hopefully is parallel to that of certainly, curiously, frankly, regrettably, and other sentence modifiers.
    Someone needs to explain that to Janine Kishi

    * anyone who gets that reference is my new BFF

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    Quote Originally Posted by fearlessleader View Post
    someone needs to explain that to janine kishi

    * anyone who gets that reference is my new bff

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    bsc???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    bsc???
    hi BFF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    hi BFF!
    Haha! Hi BFF! She was what I aspired to be!

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    Decimate is another one. Original meaning 'reduce by 1/10' (deci meaning 10)

    It is now used as a synonym of devastate or annihilate.

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