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21st May '16 11:24:16 PM 10-13-2
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* "Doing" someone has traditionally been gangster or assassin slang for killing someone (perhaps short for "doing them in"), but nowadays is more often thought of in terms of sexual intercourse. However, there are still informal senses such as the one of "doing" someone if you paint their portrait or perform an impersonation of them.
13th May '16 3:41:02 PM lentilsoup
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Racist terminology is also a prime example of this. The infamous "N-word" (which is so virulent it cannot be even used clinically in many places anymore) used to be common language, even without racist overtones. For example, "nigger babies" used to be a name for a popular candy, while Creator/AgathaChristie even used the title ''Ten Little Niggers'' for her arguably most famous work; even back then the N-word was considered risky so it was retitled ''Ten Little Indians'' for US publication, which annoyed another group of people, so they eventually settled on ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Use of the N-word by productions in which it is specifically used as a criticism/condemnation of racism (i.e. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') is often misunderstood by modern audiences.

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Racist terminology is also a prime example of this. The infamous "N-word" (which is so virulent it cannot be even used clinically in many places anymore) used to be common language, even without racist overtones. For example, "nigger babies" used to be a name for a popular candy, while Creator/AgathaChristie even used the title ''Ten Little Niggers'' for her arguably most famous work; even back then the N-word was considered risky so it was retitled ''Ten Little Indians'' for US publication, which annoyed another group of people, so they eventually settled on ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Use of the N-word by productions in which it is specifically used as a criticism/condemnation of racism (i.e.(e.g. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') is often misunderstood by modern audiences.
11th Apr '16 11:07:23 AM Eievie
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->''"Cock" is not dirty all the time, that's one of those words that's only partly filthy. Cock, if you're talking about the animal, it's perfectly all right! They used to read that to us from The Bible in third grade; and we would laugh... "cock" is in the Bible!''

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->''"Cock" is not dirty all the time, that's one of those words that's only partly filthy. Cock, if you're talking about the animal, it's perfectly all right! They used to read that to us from The Bible in third grade; and we would laugh... laugh… "cock" is in the Bible!''



A cross between AccidentalInnuendo and UnusualEuphemism. This trope occurs when "language drift" -- natural changes in the common vocabulary -- causes a word or phrase originally intended as wholly innocuous to be potentially taken as startling, confusing or just plain funny in a different time or place. Usually relates to sexual euphemisms, but can also involve other sensitive concepts. Political correctness sometimes comes into play.

Even very slight changes in usage can produce this effect; until recently, a man might speak of his attraction to a "young girl" and mean a twentysomething. Nowadays she'd be young, or a girl, [[PaedoHunt but not both.]] And sometimes the expression ''still'' has an innocent meaning that is at least as valid as the naughty one, but now [[FreudWasRight there are just too many people with their minds in the gutter]].

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A cross between AccidentalInnuendo and UnusualEuphemism. This trope occurs when "language drift" -- natural drift"--natural changes in the common vocabulary -- causes vocabulary--causes a word or phrase originally intended as wholly innocuous to be potentially taken as startling, confusing or just plain funny in a different time or place. Usually relates to sexual euphemisms, but can also involve other sensitive concepts. Political correctness sometimes comes into play.

Even very slight changes in usage can produce this effect; until recently, a man might speak of his attraction to a "young girl" and mean a twentysomething. Nowadays she'd be young, or a girl, [[PaedoHunt but not both.]] both]]. And sometimes the expression ''still'' has an innocent meaning that is at least as valid as the naughty one, but now [[FreudWasRight there are just too many people with their minds in the gutter]].



** The word "faggot" used to mean bundles of [[HehHehYouSaidX wood]]--um, sticks--before becoming a pejorative term for homosexuals. In Britain, there is also a foodstuff called "faggots" which are a type of meatball. From the original term also came the word "fag," which, in Britain is a slang for cigarette but is basically considered "the ''other'' F-bomb" in the United States, which can lead to [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage occasional unfortunate misunderstandings]].

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** The word "faggot" used to mean bundles of [[HehHehYouSaidX wood]]--um, sticks--before ''sticks''--before becoming a pejorative term for homosexuals. In Britain, there is also a foodstuff called "faggots" which are a type of meatball. From the original term also came the word "fag," which, in Britain is a slang for cigarette but is basically considered "the ''other'' F-bomb" in the United States, which can lead to [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage occasional unfortunate misunderstandings]].



* "Incontinent" in the time of Shakespeare meant 'immediately', e.g. "I will come incontinently". It then turned to mean 'uncontrollably', e.g. "Incontinent with rage". It then moved onto practically a medical diagnosis for someone with [[PottyEmergency poor bladder and/or bowel control]]. Even the older meanings can cause trouble if mixed - "I will come to you uncontrollably" brings ''VideoGame/{{QWOP}}'' to mind.
* "Ejaculated" used to be just [[SaidBookism a different way of saying]] 'exclaimed'. It is now a recognized term for sexual release. QI, as ever, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5JEJiiSZCM covered this]].
** "Cum" is oftentimes bordering to this. It could either be Latin for ''with'', e.g. "cum laude" (with honors); or a corrupted synonym of "come" for ejaculatory fluid.

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* "Incontinent" in the time of Shakespeare meant 'immediately', "immediately", e.g. "I will come incontinently". It then turned to mean 'uncontrollably', "uncontrollably", e.g. "Incontinent with rage". It then moved onto practically a medical diagnosis for someone with [[PottyEmergency poor bladder and/or bowel control]]. Even the older meanings can cause trouble if mixed - "I mixed--"I will come to you uncontrollably" brings ''VideoGame/{{QWOP}}'' to mind.
* "Ejaculated" used to be just [[SaidBookism a different way of saying]] 'exclaimed'."exclaimed". It is now a recognized term for sexual release. QI, as ever, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5JEJiiSZCM covered this]].
** "Cum" is oftentimes bordering to this. It could either be Latin for ''with'', "with", e.g. "cum laude" (with honors); or a corrupted synonym of "come" for ejaculatory fluid.



* "Molest" used to mean "harass" or "annoy", without the more specific modern connotation of sexual assault. One can still go about something 'unmolested', however.

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* "Molest" used to mean "harass" or "annoy", without the more specific modern connotation of sexual assault. One can still go about something 'unmolested', "unmolested", however.



* "Bitch" originally referred to female dogs, but is now almost exclusively used as a sexist, gendered insult - occasionally reclaimed by feminist organizations as a term of endearment. A VocalMinority of dog breeders still swear by the term in its original context.

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* "Bitch" originally referred to female dogs, but is now almost exclusively used as a sexist, gendered insult - occasionally insult--occasionally reclaimed by feminist organizations as a term of endearment. A VocalMinority of dog breeders still swear by the term in its original context.



* With some words, the shift comes from a narrowing of the meaning. "Aroused" originally was just a past-tense version of "arise" and could be used to refer to all manner of raising, such as being awakened or having one's emotions stirred up, or rising sexual desire (usually accompanied with a [[SomethingElseAlsoRises physical rise in a certain part of the anatomy]]). Nowadays, nearly the only use for it is the sexual one, making the other uses in older works sound a bit funny. Likewise, "straight" originally could be the opposite of being morally crooked, strung out on drugs, or sexually devious. Nowadays, only the last definition is usually applied, and that usually only as opposed to homosexuality (though occasionally, one can still see it applied to other unconventional sexualities in warning labels on foreign works, e.g. "If you're straight and don't like incest, this manga is not for you.") Older works such as the TV special "Scared Straight" (about scaring kids out of juvenile delinquency and criminality) and drug-addled hippies talking about "getting my head straight" in movies may therefore seem rather, um... odd to contemporary viewers.
** "Ejaculate" is even more problematic, as it used to just mean "suddenly exclaim," but now almost exclusively gets interpreted as... well, you know. The Literature page has many examples including, despite its relatively recent publishing, ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* There is a Finnish educational video titled ''Muna on mukava juttu'', "An egg is a nice thing", which tells about the health benefits of eggs. Unfortunately, showing the video to a school class is bound to cause some snickering due to the word "muna", "egg", also being a slang term for a penis. Make the word a plural and it either refers to multiple eggs or testicles. Cue laughter when one of the kids on the video instructs his friends to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "take the eggs in your hands"]]...
** Likewise, the Spanish word for egg is huevo. Huevos both means eggs in the plural and is used as a slang word for testicles in Spanish. Actually, "eggs" is a pretty common slang term for "testicles" worldwide: witness[[note]][[GeniusBonus There's a pun in there for anyone who knows Latin]].[[/note]] ''Eier'' in German and ''beiḍān'' (which specifically means "pair of eggs") in many Arabic dialects.

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* With some words, the shift comes from a narrowing of the meaning. "Aroused" originally was just a past-tense version of "arise" and could be used to refer to all manner of raising, such as being awakened or having one's emotions stirred up, or rising sexual desire (usually accompanied with a [[SomethingElseAlsoRises physical rise in a certain part of the anatomy]]). Nowadays, nearly the only use for it is the sexual one, making the other uses in older works sound a bit funny. Likewise, "straight" originally could be the opposite of being morally crooked, strung out on drugs, or sexually devious. Nowadays, only the last definition is usually applied, and that usually only as opposed to homosexuality (though occasionally, one can still see it applied to other unconventional sexualities in warning labels on foreign works, e.g. "If you're straight and don't like incest, this manga is not for you.") Older works such as the TV special "Scared Straight" (about scaring kids out of juvenile delinquency and criminality) and drug-addled hippies talking about "getting my head straight" in movies may therefore seem rather, um... um… odd to contemporary viewers.
** "Ejaculate" is even more problematic, as it used to just mean "suddenly exclaim," but now almost exclusively gets interpreted as... as… well, you know. The Literature page has many examples including, despite its relatively recent publishing, ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* There is a Finnish educational video titled ''Muna on mukava juttu'', "An egg is a nice thing", which tells about the health benefits of eggs. Unfortunately, showing the video to a school class is bound to cause some snickering due to the word "muna", "egg", also being a slang term for a penis. Make the word a plural and it either refers to multiple eggs or testicles. Cue laughter when one of the kids on the video instructs his friends to [[ADateWithRosiePalms "take the eggs in your hands"]]...
hands…"]]
** Likewise, the Spanish word for egg "egg" is huevo. Huevos "huevo". "Huevos" both means eggs "eggs", in the plural plural, and is used as a slang word for testicles "testicles" in Spanish. Actually, "eggs" is a pretty common slang term for "testicles" worldwide: witness[[note]][[GeniusBonus There's a pun in there for anyone who knows Latin]].[[/note]] ''Eier'' in German and ''beiḍān'' (which specifically means "pair of eggs") in many Arabic dialects.



* The first Russian atlas was called "The Show of all the World". The word used to mean "show" back then now means "shame"...

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* The first Russian atlas was called "The Show of all the World". The word used to mean "show" back then now means "shame"..."shame".



-->" 'The Bouncer' is merely the English 'chucker out'. When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and --bounces him!"

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-->" 'The Bouncer' is merely the English 'chucker out'. When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and --bounces and--bounces him!"
17th Mar '16 7:48:42 AM RJTheEdgelord
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* "Bitch" originally referred to female dogs, but is now almost exclusively used as a sexist, gendered insult - occasionally reclaimed by feminist organizations as a term of endearment. A VocalMinority of dog breeders still swear by the term in its original context.



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24th Feb '16 5:57:44 PM Mdumas43073
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* The word "holocaust" used to mean a burnt offering made as a sacrifice to a deity in which the sacrificial animal was entirely burned (instead of some of the meat being eaten). Later, it meant any kind of destructive fire. Nowadays, the term automatically calls to mind UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. Even uncapitalized, the term still refers to mass-murder or a mass-casualty event on an extreme scale, such as genocide or UsefulNotes/NuclearWar.

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* The word "holocaust" used to mean "Holocaust" originally meant a burnt offering made as a sacrifice to a deity in which the sacrificial animal was entirely burned (instead of some of the meat being eaten). Later, it meant any kind of destructive fire. Nowadays, the term automatically calls to mind UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. Even uncapitalized, the term still refers to mass-murder or a mass-casualty event on an extreme scale, such as genocide or UsefulNotes/NuclearWar.
24th Feb '16 5:56:49 PM Mdumas43073
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* The word "holocaust" used to mean a burnt offering made as a sacrifice to a deity in which the sacrificial animal was entirely burned (instead of some of the meat being eaten). Nowadays, the term automatically calls to mind UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. Even uncapitalized, the term still refers to mass-murder or a mass-casualty event on an extreme scale, such as genocide or UsefulNotes/NuclearWar.

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* The word "holocaust" used to mean a burnt offering made as a sacrifice to a deity in which the sacrificial animal was entirely burned (instead of some of the meat being eaten). Later, it meant any kind of destructive fire. Nowadays, the term automatically calls to mind UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. Even uncapitalized, the term still refers to mass-murder or a mass-casualty event on an extreme scale, such as genocide or UsefulNotes/NuclearWar.
14th Feb '16 1:04:45 AM CaptainPedant
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*** "Bum" can be a verb in British English, and not in the American sense of "beg or borrow"; it means "sodomise". This means, amusingly, that you can US!bum a UK!fag, or UK!bum a US!fag, but neither phrase works quite right without borrowing a word usage from the other side of the Atlantic.



* "Boner" used to mean "silly mistake", but now it means "erection". In quite-clean older works you might be startled when a character says something like "Everyone is still laughing about my boner in the biig game."

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* "Boner" used to mean "silly mistake", but now it means "erection". In quite-clean older works you might be startled when a character says something like "Everyone is still laughing about my boner in the biig big game."
1st Feb '16 9:27:16 AM Prfnoff
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*** The musical instrument known in English as bassoon is named "fagotto" in Italian and "Fagott" in German. It's common to see these terms abbreviated in scores as "Fag."
23rd Jan '16 8:31:08 AM Narsil
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* "Boner" used to mean "silly mistake", but now it means "erection". In quite-clean older works you might be startled when a character says something like "Everyone is still laughing about my boner in the biig game."
15th Jan '16 12:26:47 PM DDRMASTERM
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Compare ValuesDissonance, FunnyAneurysmMoment, and YouKeepUsingThatWord (A common cause of this); see also UnfortunateNames, which sometimes result from this. GetTheeToANunnery is the [[InvertedTrope inverse]].

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Compare ValuesDissonance, FunnyAneurysmMoment, and YouKeepUsingThatWord (A (a common cause of this); this if it happens enough); see also UnfortunateNames, which sometimes result from this. GetTheeToANunnery is the [[InvertedTrope inverse]].
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