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From the Ted Talk by Archie Crowley: Language around gender and identity evolves (and always has)

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Here's one example. We currently use the word "awful" to talk about something that is bad or gsros. But before the 19th century, "awful" meant just the opposite. People used "awful" to talk about something that was deserving of respect or full of awe. And in the mid-1900s, "awesome" was the word that took up these positive meanings and "awful" switched to the negative one we have today. And dictionaries over time reflected that. This is just one example of how definitions and mangenis have cehgnad over time. And to keep up with it, how dictionaries are updated all the time.

Open Cloze

Here's one example. We currently use the word "awful" to talk about something that is bad or _____. But before the 19th century, "awful" meant just the opposite. People used "awful" to talk about something that was deserving of respect or full of awe. And in the mid-1900s, "awesome" was the word that took up these positive meanings and "awful" switched to the negative one we have today. And dictionaries over time reflected that. This is just one example of how definitions and ________ have _______ over time. And to keep up with it, how dictionaries are updated all the time.

Solution

  1. meanings
  2. gross
  3. changed

Original Text

Here's one example. We currently use the word "awful" to talk about something that is bad or gross. But before the 19th century, "awful" meant just the opposite. People used "awful" to talk about something that was deserving of respect or full of awe. And in the mid-1900s, "awesome" was the word that took up these positive meanings and "awful" switched to the negative one we have today. And dictionaries over time reflected that. This is just one example of how definitions and meanings have changed over time. And to keep up with it, how dictionaries are updated all the time.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
trans people 9
linguists study 2
grammar rules 2
trans person 2
language works 2

Important Words

  1. awe
  2. bad
  3. century
  4. changed
  5. definitions
  6. deserving
  7. dictionaries
  8. full
  9. gross
  10. meanings
  11. meant
  12. negative
  13. people
  14. positive
  15. reflected
  16. respect
  17. switched
  18. talk
  19. time
  20. today
  21. updated
  22. word