Nowadays, when someone mentions the word ‘goth’ in a casual conversation, you probably instantly think of a black-clad, pale person with leather boots and eyes smeared in black liner. But if you’re a history nerd or architecture fan, you might have a completely different visual spring to your mind. Why is that?


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Etymology documents the change in words and their meanings, together with their origins and roots. And while there are plenty of other words that history completely changed, the word ‘gothic’ had quite a fascinating journey. One Tumblr user decided to ask why that particular word meant so many different things and other people surely delivered. Scroll down below to read their explanation and tells us what you think!

One person asked why the word ‘gothic’ has such vastly different meanings and people came together to explain it

Watch this video by Dan Adams that puts the word evolution into one solid sequence