After reading Lerer’s tenth chapter about lexical growth and semantic change, we will do a small assignment on the historical change of meanings.

Please create a blog post called “Semantic change” and choose three of the words listed below.  Find a contemporary occurrence of the word (and include the sentence, with a link to where you found it).   Then, go to the OED (be sure to authenticate via Databases at the AUB library page if you are off campus).  Then in a small paragraph explain how the word has changed meaning over time.  Feel free to link to other resources or include media.

to starve

truck

to decimate

ironic

plethora

to escape

aroma

backlog

agenda

horrid

terror

silly

mechanic

diaper

awesome

meat

basement

to perfume

wicked

tweet

queer

bemused

literally

to ejaculate

egregious

girl

nice

wierd

terrible

cheater

heartburn

charisma

to

defecate