The thing about thugs is that it is another word that is changing in meaning. The original thugs were a clan of professional assassins from India.(thuggee or tuggee) Is thug the word of 2014? Social media seems abuzz as parents are unaware of the new meaning of the word. Mental_floss compiled a list 15 words that don’t mean what they used to. Thug is the new cool.
Used to mean: To utter suddenly and passionately, to exclaim
The unintended double entendres in this sentence of Jane Eyre could make anyone snicker: “The sleepers were all aroused: ejaculations, terrified murmurs sounded in every room; door after door unclosed; one looked out and another looked out; the gallery filled.” Still, the old-school and modern definitions are pretty synonymous.
Used to mean: 10,000
Before people were debating whether “myriad” is a noun or adjective (it’s both), Greek mathematicians gave it the numeral M and were extremely specific about what it meant. Think a myriad is a lot to count? Try the myriad myriad (MM) or 100 million, the largest number in ancient Greece.
Used to mean: Meek, obedient
Hmmm… Not how we’d describe Beyoncé.
Used to mean: Heavy-set
Not how we’d describe George Clooney, either.
Used to mean: Jealousy or hatred
“Heartburn” hasn’t ever actually involved the heart. It once referred to feelings that come from the mind. Now it describes an issue with your stomach or esophagus.