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Re: Why does the meaning of words change?

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Sunday, April 18, 2004, 4:28
Doug Dee wrote:
> Recently I read the surprising (to me) claim that, so far as we can tell from > written records, Lewis Carroll was the first person to use "pretend" in its > modern sense of "make believe." Earlier, it had meant "make a false claim."
Ah! That's why we use Pretender to refer to a false claimant to a throne?