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    Pagan and villain are good persons?

    It is very stange that originally both pagan and villain means those who live in the village, but now they have shifted to other meanings. How come? Some guess that it is because, in the old days, words were coined by noble who looked down village people!

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    'Nice' used to mean 'stupid'. Mount Everest used to be at the bottom of the ocean.

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    Re: Pagan and villain are good persons?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    It is very stange that originally both pagan and villain means those who live in the village, but now they have shifted to other meanings. How come? Some guess that it is because, in the old days, words were coined by noble who looked down village people!
    Interesting observation. :wink:

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    The nobles had little to do, so they were free to invent insults for there serfs. ;-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The nobles had little to do, so they were free to invent insults for there serfs. ;-(
    Now we've changed "serfs" for "unwashed masses". :wink:

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    We say the 'great unwashed'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We say the 'great unwashed'.
    That works.

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    Even if they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Even if they don't.

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    Yes I should have stolen The Da Vinci Code's thunder. It was his observation!

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