I don’t think anyone has counted all the words in the English language. It’ not humanly possible because even if one was successful in counting up all the words they would miss out a few. The reason behind this is that new words are being created every second. Words that have no meaning, they don’t appear in any dictionary or any other reference. Yet, they are used with style. And this practice is popular by the weird teenagers that we have all around us. These words are created usually by merging two or more words. For example, fantabulous, I have heard kids use this word time and time again. But what does it mean? Well, it’s the same as fabulous It’s just used to show more intensity. There are various words that were considered legit at one point in time. However, if you use these words nowadays, people would laugh at you and some might even get offended. Here’s a list of some words that have evolved over the years to portray something other than what they actually meant.
Nice This word, nowadays means pleasant or something that is pleasing. If we see the origin of this word which comes from Latin “nescius” which meant stupid or ignorant.
Gay This word initially implied happiness, or being happy. And it hasn’t been very long since the meaning of this word has altered. Just a few years I’d say. The word now implies homosexuality. Refers to men who are attracted to men. Another great word twisted.
Rubber This is now referred to a condom. Earlier when I was younger we sometimes called our erasers rubbers. The kids nowadays know best not to use that word while in class.
Artificial Initially meant artistic. Nowadays anything that doesn’t seem genuine is termed as artificial.
Counterfeit Initially meant a legally well crafted true copy of something. Nowadays, it means an illegal copy of something like a currency etc.
Awful This initially meant wonderful, something that would create awe in a good way. It now means the eaxact opposite.
These are some of the words that have changed over time. Do you know of any more? Share some knowledge with our readers in the comments section.