I was watching a show set in the future and heard the line “Chuck in some music” which struck me as an odd line for the future and that was immediately reinforced by the fact that someone simply touched something and music started playing. The idea that music would require “chucking” in any way seems old fashioned for today let alone the future.
But it did cause me to look up “chuck” and see the verb form meaning to throw is from the 1590s!
That really surprised me as it seems like a slangy kind of word that one would expect to have a limited history. I’m so used to meanings changing over time that it seems somewhat unusual to find such an informal word retaining the same meaning for centuries.
Is it actually unusual, or are these sorts of informal, conversational words less susceptible to change? Is there any rhyme or reason to why some words change and some don’t?