The Declaration of Independence used to be one of the hardest documents to read and understand. It is because of the worlds and how they were used. "Throw the horse over the fence some hay," might have sounded normal two hundred years ago, but today, it sounds funny. As time goes by, languages change. Words and the way they are used change and their meanings can change. What may have sounded normal two hundred years ago could be hard to understand today. The purpose of this booklet is to define some of the words used in the Declaration using definitions and examples from that time period in a simple manner. You may be surprised to find meanings of the words used in the Declaration or that the way a sentence is structured might give different or slightly different meanings than what we think today. It is such a sense of accomplishment people have claimed to actually go through it without painful explanations and large words to stumble over in this little booklet, and then to come out the other side knowing what it meant.