Problem

Corruption of meaning

Other Names:
Verbicide
Dependence on distortion of meaning
Incidence:

Verbicide is the deliberate distortion of the sense of a word (as in punning).

Claim:

Homicide and verbicide – that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life – are alike forbidden. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858).

Strategies:
Corrupting meaning
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
23.11.2017 – 21:05 CET
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