English is a rich and ever-evolving language with the right word for any object or situation. Some just “feel” dirty, because they’re a letter or two off from a naughty word, or they’re so old-fashioned and disused that they sound like more contemporary swear words or slang terms. Can you guess the true definitions of these words that are perfectly acceptable to use… but you probably shouldn’t because you don’t want to create confusion and anger? (Answers follow.)
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We can’t say we blame you…these words definitely aren’t used in everyday conversation.