This word, I do not think it means what you think it does.
Or does it?
Language is such an interesting entity, its just as mutable as any of us or any other living being.
Sometimes I like to think it has its own spirit -- seemingly indpendent from the speaker's desires, with no regard to original intent.
One can get so caught up in how things can flow & sound, not forgetting of course, the attention it brings - along with all the other reactions: it is a drug.
It's amazing how addicting being able to evoke such passion, power, and all other sorts of intense emotional responses just by flapping mandibles and meaty bits around can be.
People only shutting up just long enough to breathe before looking for another opening
for that next sweet hit.
Pain, pleasure, hate, fear, love? What'll it be
Sometimes this can work in one's favor, but it can also hinder advancement in life.
When this happens alot, language changes again. Can you recall the last time you, or anyone around you has called someone lame in reference to their inability to walk? Or someone who can't speak, dumb? Doesn't happen too often anymore.
Words lose meaning and take on new ones endlessly.
Context. But who is to say what the originals speaker's context was?
Until I can drill into someone's brain and peer in to see and feel exactly what they do, I take comfort in the fact once audible, or visible, words more often than not mean nothing, and the lot of us are just speaking, or listening for that matter, to hear the sound of a reassuring voice.
Does the baby really know that soothing cooing purr coming from mother's chest is really her venting frustrations that she can't go out on the town anymore?
Even with how overwhelming this might sound, I'm not worried.
Language is a beautiful tool, even if it is inherently manuipulative. Keep telling those anecdotes around the coffee table, and weaving words together in interesting ways, or even just the good old fashioned attempt at communication & expressing one's self to another
If the latter is your forte -
just remember...you're dealing with a ferocious animal high on the scent