Friday, 16 December 2016

Meaning?- 1

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Basket Case

Basket Case
Today, when you call someone a basket case, it means you think they're crazy. Did you know it once meant a person had physical challenges? The term originally started in World War I and was used to describe soldiers that had to be carried home in baskets because they lost their limbs. It fell out of favor after the war but regained popularity in WWII, and since that time, it has developed its current meaning. (Source | Photo)



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Grandfather Clause

Grandfather Clause
These days when someone uses the phrase "grandfather clause" or the term "grandfathered in" they mean that a new rule is being enacted, but that are exemptions to the rule for certain situations that existed before it takes effect. The terminology came into being when Southern states enacted laws to disenfranchise black voters by passing many restrictive voting laws that didn't apply to anyone whose relatives had voted before 1867 (when slavery was outlawed in the US). (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Photo)



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Villain

Villain
It seems hard to believe that villain ever meant anything but "bad guy," but the word was first used to describe a farmer or lower class person. Many of the elite looked down on the poor as thieves and beggars, and the term eventually evolved over time to mean criminal. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)

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