What the mavens forgot was that the sense of a word is determined by how it is used, not by how the word originated. Not only can senses be different; they can be downright contradictory.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. In the s, the verb started appearing in college campus slang in the various sexual permutations. Despite the ambiguity of the term "hookup," 84 percent of students reported that they had discussed theirs with friends in the previous four months. Also, about that time, the verb came to mean to get married. How do you define "hooking up? In the case of decimate , the word has been used figuratively to mean to destroy a large proportion of something since the beginning of the 19th century. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.