Saturday, July 30, 2011

When old words don't mean they same as they used to

Here's an old Captain Marvel comic. In case you don't know, Captain Marvel is a boy named Billy Batson that turns into the Superman-like Captain Marvel by saying, "Shazam!"

In the second panel, the gangster says, "Hsst! Billy's sound asleep! I'll grab him! I noticed that whenever he's molested Capt. Marvel usually shows up!"

In the 1940s, the word "molested" did not have the main connotation of what it is today, that's for sure. If you read this panel today, you think that gangster is up to something else...

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