Entry #2: Jaunt
Old meaning: (noun) – a short journey or excursion for pleasure
“We took a lovely jaunt into the countryside today.”
New meaning: (noun) – a generic substitute for any object or thing
“I didn’t feel like doing the Science jaunt last week, cause like…who has time for that?”
The word jaunt, which used to conjure images of a leisurely stroll through the woods or a car ride along scenic byways, is now one of those wild card words which can mean literally anything. Think “stuff,” “thing,” “junk” or even “jazz,” as in “all that jazz.” Congratulations, jaunt. You now mean everything. Or nothing. I guess it depends on your perspective…and all that jaunt.