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Semantic shift is the change in meaning that occurs in many words

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Diffidence, a false friend

I’ve recently erroneously used the term diffidence with the meaning of distrust. Diffidence is one of the terms called false friend and, as a matter of fact, the same term in French defiance and ...
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Can you still use “epic” in a non-“epic” way?

The semantic shift of epic from denoting something related with heroism, grandeur, etc. to meaning something more akin to awesome or impressive is well-attested. However, how much is its older meaning ...