When words don't mean the same

Nice -v- awful.

Why can the word 'nice' rub us the wrong way? What's so wrong with 'nice'? Doesn't every mum wish their kids would meet someone ‘nice’?

Perhaps it’s a hangover from when 'nice' meant something very different.

The word used to mean almost the opposite of the ‘compliment’ it’s meant to be today.

It once meant ‘silly, foolish, simple’.

Such a change in meaning is simply awful, isn’t it!

Which takes us to the word, 'awful' which also had nearly the opposite meaning we know today.

A few hundred years ago, if you were called 'awful', you would be chuffed. 

After all, you would have been described as awesome, amazing and impressive. Now wouldn’t that be nice!

Till next week…