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Broadening
When a words meaning gets more diverse over time
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Narrowing
When a words meaning gets less specific over time
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House talk
When women talk about about domestic activities within the home
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Archaic words
A word which isn't used as heavily as it once was
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Obsolete words
When a word is completely extinct and no longer used
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Damp spoon
Language changes because people are lazy
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Crumbling castle
Language was once a monumental building which has been left to degrade
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Infectious disease
Negative effects on language spread like a disease among people
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Prescriptivist
Someone who believes langauge is/has degraded
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Descriptivist
Someone who believes language is ever evolving and there is so 'golden point' of langauge
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Gossip
Chatty talk between women which are usually relating to scandal or something similar, not to be confused with house talk
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Card 2

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When a words meaning gets less specific over time

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Narrowing

Card 3

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When women talk about about domestic activities within the home

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Card 4

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A word which isn't used as heavily as it once was

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Card 5

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When a word is completely extinct and no longer used

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