The “recency illusion”: words that are older than you think

The “recency illusion”, a term coined by Stanford University Professor Arnold Zwicky, names the fact that we believe that if we have just noticed a linguistic phenomenon, it is of recent origin (even though it may be very old). Here are some words that have been with us with their contemporary meanings for much longer than you might think:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/01/words-much-older-than-you-think-language

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