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The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word “Nice”

November 28, 2018 4 Comments
The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word “Nice”

Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, “manufactured” originally meant “handmade” (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word “decimate” used to mean “to reduce by a tenth” (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean “to wipe out completely.” The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change […]

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