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Five words that don’t mean what you think they do

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The Meaning Of "Pretty"

  • The word is from Old English "prættig" which means "cunning"
  • By the 15th century, people used it to describe something that is made cleverly or artful.
  • Over time, the modern use for the word pretty is not used to describe someone who is attractive and good-looking or pleas...

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The Meaning Of "Tall"

  • The word is an Old English word that meant swift or active.
  • By the 15th century, the word had emerged many different meanings ranging from being handsome to someone who is skillful. Expressions such as "tall of hand" and "tall of tongue" also arose which meant that this person was ...

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The Meaning Of "Silly"

  • This word came from Old English where it meant happy or fortunate. As time passed it then got associated with "piousness" and "holiness" because the innocent are easily taken advantage of and the word "silly" came to signal a person who they deemed weak or helpless.
  • In addition to ...

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The Meaning Of "Naughty"

  • It originally meant to describe someone who has nothing, thus the saying "to have naught".
  • Then it was used to describe someone who is immoral but in a much less intense scenario, it is used to describe someone who is disobedient.
  • When one is being "naughty", they are usua...

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The Meaning Of "Sad"

  • In Old English, sæd, meant full.
  • In German, satt, still means full.
  • In Latin, satis, meant enough.
  • By the 14th century, sad meant firm and resolute thus developing the seriousness of the word.
  • In the modern era, sad now means that "one is in sorrow" or so...

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