I'm not sure if this is intentional or just happens by circumstance, but I have noticed a pattern in the use our our language, and how it changes.
Certain terms that are very useful get "overwritten" by other terms that are homonyms, but are more emotionally salient.
The term "shades of grey" is a very useful term to highlight the grey area between two ideas, and that there is a whole spectrum of ideas between black and white. It's a beautiful term. But since "50 Shades of Grey" became an extremely popular book and movie, the term "shades of grey" immediately conjures up that work of fiction and all the BDSM, domination, and pseudo-rape that is associated with it. Now you cannot use the phrase "shades of grey" in a conversation without the other person (more likely than not) thinking of the book or movie in their head, even if subconsciously, and being distracted or disgusted or both. It is an unneeded detour of conversation, and makes them somehow wonder if you're referencing the book. As a result I have slowly discontinued my use of that phrase, as have many others I'm sure. The phrase has been soiled. Another useful idiom bites the dust. Perhaps never to come back.
Here's another: Trump. I never say that X trumps Y anymore, I say X is better than Y, or X bests Y. The word Trump probably has more emotion connected to it than any word in American English at the moment. Can you play the card game Hearts and say "the card that leads is the trump card" without immediately thinking of the president and all the cultural inflammation surrounding it?
Third example: Double entendres. There's an episode of King of the Hill called "That's What She Said" where they hire a new employee at the propane company, and the employee constantly sexualizes everything everyone says in a joking manner, to the point where the other employees become afraid to speak, lest they accidentally say a word that could be mistaken as a double entendre. So they sit silently and trip over their words out of embarrassment to the point that the company begins losing customers.
The main character, Hank Hill, eventually convinces the boss that the jokes aren't funny, and he fires the joker. At then end of the episode the remaining employees are relieved to be able to speak freely again. "This propane grill will smoke your meat. And it's got a nice big rack for your buns. Or wieners! Feels good to say wieners again."
I feel like our society has become much like this. People are afraid to say the thing that comes to mind, lest it be misconstrued as something else because of all the overlaid double-meanings that so many words have come to have because of things being popularized in the media.
I have just realized this pattern, and was curious if anyone else had any observations or thoughts.