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I'm not sure what to add here. I think the title says it all. I just need to know and would like to try this service because I believe it's really useful.

  • Meaning migration? Sense shift? – bib Sep 26 '13 at 16:12
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    @user52882 this is not a service, it is just a collection of people who enjoy asking and answering questions, welcome aboard! Please remember to accept an answer if it answers your question. That's the way to show thanks. – terdon Sep 26 '13 at 17:13
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    Well, Stack Exchange is a service to humanity :) – Talia Ford Sep 26 '13 at 20:15
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It is called semantic change (also semantic shift, semantic progression or semantic drift).

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    Thanks, I thought so but suspected there was a single word that fitted it better. This will suffice. Great response time and nice service this. – track2now Sep 26 '13 at 16:39
  • Is it still considered "semantic change" when the new meaning is additional, i.e. when the older meaning shows no signs of going away? – LarsH Sep 26 '13 at 20:43
  • Is it still considered change if I put a million dollars in my bank account without taking any out? – Kyle Hale Sep 26 '13 at 21:30
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    @LarsH: Semantic change from Wikipedia: ... Semantic change ... is the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. Types of semantic change: A number of classification schemes have been suggested for semantic change. The most widely accepted scheme in the English-speaking academic world is from Bloomfield (1933): Narrowing: ... However, the categorization of Blank (1998) has gained increasing acceptance: [2] Metaphor: Change based on similarity between concepts, e.g., mouse "rodent" → "computer device". – Edwin Ashworth Sep 27 '13 at 11:01

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