Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Words in History

Then and Now:  Word Definitions

  • truck
    • then:  goods used for trade in a cash-poor economy
    • now:  vehicle meant for hauling
  • wallet
    • then:  knapsack that carried enough provisions for a trip of a few days
    • now:  small billfold that holds money

  • negligee
    • then:  dress opened in front to show decorated petticoat
    • now: woman's light gown made of filmy fabric
  • humble pie
    • then:  pie filled with entrails of deer
    • now: make a shame-filled apology
  • smug
    • then:  well-dressed
    • now:  self-righteous

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