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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27-07-2013 11:30 #11B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!!
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27-07-2013 12:29 #12
How funny.. I'm guilty of pretty much all of them lol
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27-07-2013 12:48 #13
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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27-07-2013 12:50 #14
27-07-2013 13:17 #15
in a hopeful manner: We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
it is hoped; if all goes well: Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
1630–40; hopeful + -ly
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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27-07-2013 13:48 #20
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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