Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Words With New Meanings

The words we use to describe fashion, style and grooming have changed a great deal over the past decade. "Conservative" used to mean a way of dressing that meant that the body was covered and dressed respectfully. Now we hear it more describing a political party.  "Modest" used to mean not showing too much upper chest area or decollete. Now we hear it describing a socio-economic level. "Dignity"used to mean that a person maintained their self-respect even in hard times. Now it's the name of a corporate funeral home chain. "Fetching" used to mean a woman looked pretty and exciting. Now it just means running errands or taking the boss some coffee. I never hear the word "Vulgar" used anymore but maybe it's time to bring it back.

Vulgar

  1. Lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined.
  2. Making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude: "a vulgar joke".

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