Ruined Words, as defined by Blah, Blah, Blog:
They're usually obscure words that surface during certain news stories. ThenWhen the Vice President shoots somebody in the face, we all lose. A heavily reported occurence like this leads to more ruined words. Word-fans of covey and shot (the thing, not the action) might be nearly as furious with the Veep as poor Harry Whittington himself. Who even knew shot was a thing? As defined by Merriam Webster Online:
they become attached to these stories and are sometimes more fascinating than
the stories themselves.
2 a plural shot : something propelled by shooting; especially : small lead or steel pellets especially forming a charge for a shotgunMaybe words like this could be retired after they're ruined by events/tragedies/misfirings. Covey and shot (the thing) should be retired from print or speech, just as hanging chad should have been retired following the Florida election and levee retired post-Katrina.
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