In the word association thread, I used the word polis. This led my brain on to policy and policies. Not the modern usage of the word, but one I remembered from my childhood. For me, the word was used to refer to the area of land, buildings, farms, cottages etc owned by the Laird or which surrounded a great House in the community. A stomping ground for us adventurous kids, and where, in season, we found lovely fruit to collect for our mother to make into preserves - or for us to eat (we were always hungry). I still associate Policies with an area of land - which at least was a constant, unlike many modern policies thought up by our Government. Do you have words which had a very different meaning in your childhood or geographical area, and which mean nothing to anyone else now, other than modern meanings?