Old words, new uses

Posted by on November 16, 2010

A popular theme on this blog is language change and, more specifically, the way in which words are taking (or have taken) on new meanings.

Here is a selection of archived posts on new uses of old words:

I’m a lexicographer get me out of here
A call for a new definition for the word celebrity.

The new F word
Why is fine not fine anymore?

Meanings change … but a treadmill will always spell punishment
Changes in the meaning of words such as treadmill, wireless, and random.

‘Genius’ and ‘rubbish’ and other noun-like adjectives
New uses of adjectives such as genius, rubbish, and quality.

Beyond the usual
The adverb beyond is being used to intensify adjectives – is that beyond alarming?

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