The original meaning of the word nice was ignorant. As you can see, this is a far cry from what the word actually means today. But what’s even more surprising is that the meaning of the word nice, as it stands today, is a very recent change from its original meaning. In fact, for the majority of its existence it has had what many would consider to be a derogatory meaning. To tell you the truth, the evolution of the word isn’t all that different from this one.
Just think about the last time you used the word nice. It would have been used as a compliment, either for a person of a thing. Such examples would be, “that was a nice meal, or maybe even, “she was a nice person.” Today, the use of the word is something that we like to use for something or someone that we find to be pleasant and charming. Those who receive the praise are often happy for the kind acknowledgement. But go back in time and the use of the word could have very well resulted in the one who uttered it clumsily getting a swift smack in the mouth.