Originally Posted by medtran49
You know language changes over time and we're talking over 100 years here. Things don't mean the same now as then, and there are a whole lot of words in use now that weren't in use then (and vice versa).
Yep, and then you have people who are from different backgrounds, different ages, different parts of the world, different education levels, etc..
At work, the new 30 year old lady (born/raised in the USA) we hired was having a hard time opening some boxes that Fed Ex delivered to the office. I gave her a new utility knife, and I said something like "this is a staple of every office worker's toolbox." She looked at me like I was crazy. "So a knife is a staple?" she said with a laugh. After a minute of talking, I found out she didn't know that staple also means "an important tool". She thought it only meant "a small piece of bent metal to hold papers together".
I used the verb "fetch" before to a 20 year old. He had never heard of "fetch" as in "bring to me". You'd think he would've encountered the word in English or literature class.