Why the word ‘diet’ doesn’t mean what you think it does


A temporary measure, a means to an end. Nope, that's not a diet. Have you ever been "on a diet"? A plan? Actually, we are all experiencing a diet right now, no matter what you eat - or don't eat. The word itself came into use in the 13th century and according to Merriam Webster, it meant "habitually taken food and drink" and in the Middle and early modern English periods it referred to a "way of living". And if you google the Merriam-Webster definition of diet you will find that the first two meanings for the word diet include: [...]