Intelligence can be defined as the ability to learn or understand, and it also means gathering information about an enemy. While intelligence as a synonym for news is archaic, there are still newspapers called Intelligencer published in various parts of the United States and Canada.
These days, jade either means a green gemstone or something made from it or it means to wear out or tire — and these meanings have different origins. A jade was once a broken-down horse, and the term came to be applied to a disreputable woman.
Mechanical means of or relating to machinery or automatic. It once meant a worker who did manual labor generally, which in a sense is the opposite of its meaning today. There is also a group of characters in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” called the Mechanicals.
Meet once meant suitable or proper, and in this sense is related to commensurate. It is still used in Christian prayer: “It is meet and rightâ¦.” Now it means encounter or assemble, as in the dreaded office meeting.
Moxie was once popular as a synonym for courage or determination. Today it is more widely known as the name of a popular soft drink that rivaled Coca-Cola in the 1920s.