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Today, a ‘friend’ might be someone you’ve never met, even though you are privy to details of their private life

Jane Shilling

Words are tricky blighters.

You think they mean something quite specific, only to find that there has been a sneaky bit of semantic drift, and an apparently reliable meaning has changed into something amorphous and puzzling.

Take “friends”: when the beloved American sitcom of that name was launched in September 1994, a friend was universally understood to be someone you hung out with in real life (to use a term not in currency at the time)...

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