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    Default Words You Can't Use Anymore

    Anybody else got any of these? Words that you like but that society has changed the definition of so much that your meaning would be completely overlooked?

    One old favorite I just ran into in an old book got me thinking. Gay. In the sense of happy, lighthearted. It was a neat word and conveyed a shade of meaning that "happy" just doesn't exactly hit. But anytime that word is used anymore, people automatically assume you are referring to something different.

    This is not a political thread. Just a word thread. I love words, and there are some good ones that I simply miss.



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    pussy - meaning kitty cat



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    Well, you can still use it but it means something else entirely.

    When I was a kid, we'd go get some thongs for the summer. You know, flip flops!!!!
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    My mother-in-law used to call cigarettes fags. That raised a few eyebrows.
    The truth is what you can get other people to believe.

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    I used to use "gypped". Had no idea what it referred to, in fact I thought it was spelled "jipped".

    Of course once I found out I don't use it anymore.



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    Cock and ass don't really work as livestock terms anymore.

    Some of the city boys I work with wonder what my horse did to annoy me when I complain he's lame. They don't realize the word originally meant gimpy.



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    bitch and ass come to mind.



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    I remember having a friend with me at a dog show who flinched slightly every time I said "bitch" while having a discussion with a breeder.



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    Quote Originally Posted by carp View Post
    Some of the city boys I work with wonder what my horse did to annoy me when I complain he's lame. They don't realize the word originally meant gimpy.



    (Not because of your horse, though!) I once told a non-horsey friend of mine that my horse was off. She looked at me as though she thought I meant he was off like milk sometimes gets.

    Back to OP's post -- I love the movie Victoria/Victoria. But there are some anachronisms in it--I don't think "Gay Paree" meant what they said in the movie it meant back in the 1930s. It certainly didn't in the 50s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dressagetraks View Post
    Anybody else got any of these? Words that you like but that society has changed the definition of so much that your meaning would be completely overlooked?

    One old favorite I just ran into in an old book got me thinking. Gay. In the sense of happy, lighthearted. It was a neat word and conveyed a shade of meaning that "happy" just doesn't exactly hit. But anytime that word is used anymore, people automatically assume you are referring to something different.

    This is not a political thread. Just a word thread. I love words, and there are some good ones that I simply miss.
    Along those lines, I really wish that you could still put a happy/beautiful rainbow on your car without everyone assuming you're gay. It used to be a nice happy thing. Now it's a sexually oriented symbol.

    Jacka** no longer means an animal, it means a jerk.

    Bitch used to be something that described a dog. Oh, wait, people who use that term are calling women dogs. Hmm....
    "Relinquish your whip!!"



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    I especially mourn the modern ubiquitous usage of "gay", agreed!



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    When I was a child and a teenager, "Butch" was a common nickname for a guy.

    Now? No way.
    Rack on!



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    Fairy - as in well - those little people with wings but also for fairy food - our local name for sponge candy.

    Faggots of wood for a fire - that's British English isn't it? I like the sound of it for the original meaning.



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    Thong was one of a pair of shoes that you slipped on your feet, also called flip flops and slides. Now it means a nasty pair of underwear.

    I too miss being able to feel gay and carefree.



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    Terms like, "Indian Giver" is no longer PC.
    We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!



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    There's a country western song out about that. I remember a few, like screw, blow, crack. Sorry, can't think of most of the rest.

    Also, black or colored are not longer acceptable.

    As far though as being PC, I do everything I can to be PunC because the world has gone way overboard on PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msj View Post
    There's a country western song out about that. I remember a few, like screw, blow, crack. Sorry, can't think of most of the rest.

    Yep! Tim McGraw's "I Miss Back When":

    Back when a hoe was a hoe
    Coke was a coke
    And crack's what you were doing
    When you were cracking jokes
    Back when a screw was a screw
    The wind was all that blew
    And when you said I'm down with that
    Well it meant you had the flu
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    Quote Originally Posted by mybeau1999 View Post
    Yep! Tim McGraw's "I Miss Back When":
    Yep, that be it! Great song too!
    Sue
    Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!



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    Quote Originally Posted by carp View Post
    Some of the city boys I work with wonder what my horse did to annoy me when I complain he's lame. They don't realize the word originally meant gimpy.
    I had a similar discussion with my husband about the dog. I asked him if the dog had looked lame to him one morning (because I saw him limping) and he was confused because my definition of lame is not the same as his...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona DQ View Post
    Terms like, "Indian Giver" is no longer PC.
    Yeah, it's a damn shame that it's no longer okay to use that phrase. It's too bad that it's also no longer cool to talk about "Jewing someone down" in reference to getting a seller to lower their price.
    /sarcasm



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