Consider these questions:
1. Do you use the word to mean the same thing every time? What meanings do you express with each word?
2. Does the word mean the same thing for you and your grandparents, your parents and your friends? How their uses are different from yours?
Here, try to feel the change that the language took over the centuries, using this passage from Hamlet by Shakespeare (1564-1616). Put this speech into English appropriate for the 21st century.
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.
But if you mouth it as many of our players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines. Nor
do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus. But use all gently. For in the very torrent,
tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must
acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. O, it offends me to the soul
to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears
of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and
noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods Herod.
Pray you avoid it.