She Reeks of Beauty

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"And in some perfumes is there more delight/ Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks" (Mistress Eyes, Lines 7-8).  It is interesting how times have changed.  Back in Shakespearse's time, the word "reek" probably a positive meaning to it.  Now, the word "reek" means something or someone carries a very bad smell.  Can anyone think of another word that once had a positive meaning, but gained became negative meaning later on?

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omg! i was just talking about how the word reek has changed over the time. your right when we say that something reeks it usually smells bad but to them if something reeked it just had a scent. thats funny how we both picked that up. great minds think alike!

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