25 Original Word Meanings That Will Surprise You

It is hard to imagine that a word like “awful” once met something closer to “awesome” than “terrible,” but if you think about it and break it down, it kind of makes sense – awe/full or in other words “full of awe.” These are 25 original word meanings that will surprise you!

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25

Manufacture

blacksmithSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – to mass produce with machinery

Original meaning – create by hand

24

Doom

gavelSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – an unhappy destiny

Original meaning – a law or ordinance


23

Last

mountainSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – final

Original meaning – highest

22

Protest

declarationSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 100 yrs)

Current meaning – show disapproval

Original meaning – make a solemn declaration

 


21

Hilarity

joySource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – boisterous merriment

Original meaning – calm joy



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