Response to Daily Prompt: Morphing—Bully

Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.”

Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.



Bully. Believe it or not, hundreds of years ago, bully meant exactly the opposite of what it is now–Someone who helps and supports, a friend.


I want bully to mean friend again. Bully: adj; A person who gives support and feedback; see friend.

Wouldn’t this be quite a change? A kid would no long be called the ‘schoolyard bully.’ I wonder at how this word was changed to mean the opposite of it’s definition in the first place.


2 responses to “Response to Daily Prompt: Morphing—Bully

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