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Well, unfortunately, we can't stop the meanings of words from extending to other areas and taking on other uses. It's called, depending on the process, semantic bleaching or semantic extension, and it's a natural process in language evolution. However, we can continue to use the words in the ways WE know them to be used and counter those other meanings by reminding others of the "original" uses of the words. My perspective as a linguist in training. :)

Karen W

Another great job Kathy- Thank you for your voice!

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