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Examples of semantic change

Hawk and dove

Semantic shift that have remained popular since the Vietnam War, when (1) hawk came to be used frequently for supporters of the war and (2) dove for its opponents, extending the meaning of these words from the combative nature of hawks and the symbolically peaceful role of doves.

Mouse and bookmark

Today, computers users utilize a mouse and bookmark Internet addresses. These new meanings did not replace earlier ones but extended the range of application for the words mouse and bookmark."

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MORE IDEAS FROM Semantic Change: How Words Evolve Over Time

  • In historical linguistics, it refers to the any change in the meaning(s) of a word through the development of languages over the course of time.
  • Also called semantic shift, lexical change and semantic progression.
  • "Semantic change is not a change in meaning per se, but the addition of a meaning to the semantic system or the loss of a meaning from the semantic system while the form remains constant." --David P. Wilkins

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“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

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How you speak to yourself

It directly influences how you experience things in life.

Our words play an important part in shaping our existence, so if your internal self-talk is negative, your external experiences will most likely be negative as well.

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Waldeinsamkeit (German)

The German word waldeinsamkeit consists of two words joined together. Wald means forest, and einsamkeit means loneliness or solitude.

It hints at both the feeling of being alone in the woods and also at a peaceful oneness with nature.

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