Discourse of this kind prevails in large and important spheres of human activity.
"Amoeba words" or "plastic words" begin in the speech that we all speak to each other, in "the vernacular", a language full of metaphor.
Plastic words are extremely general.
Gerald Owen, "Plastic words: the tyranny of a modular language," Books In Canada, May 1996
''I prefer to use punk as a verb, but the musical description is no good.''
''The punk scene is a lot more macho than The Ex has ever been, and a lot less altruistically politically motivated,'' Cora said.
''Its really a plastic word that's lost a bit of its meaning.''
Tony Norman, "Zorn, The Ex to test limits in avant-garde double bill," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 1, 1994
Philip Howard, "Plastic words of war," The Times, January 18, 1991