The English language is in a constant state of fluidity, and the internet has accelerated this natural process to an exponential degree. New words are created daily and thanks to the sheer magnitude of the internet’s ability to spread information, word meanings can change practically overnight. Some words have been so heavily bastardized by the internet that their original meanings have been obscured, and in some cases, forgotten entirely. Anyone who spends enough time on forums and comment threads will recognize the following 10 words as some of the worst internet crimes against vocabulary.
The word historic is supposed to classify things that are historically significant, or may become so in the future. For instance, the moon landing was a historic event; mundane, everyday events are not. People like to use words like ‘historic” (another good one is “legendary”) to put emphasis on events that they deem significant in some way, but may not actually be worthy of being called historic. Kanye and Kim naming their baby North West is an interesting cultural event, but it probably doesn’t deserve to be looped in with events like the fall of the Berlin Wall.