Words that have lost their original meaning
Homeland: Sounds like anywhere but the U.S., our home. This word is supposed to evoke patriotism? To me it evokes the sense-memory-aroma of a hearty soup.
Progress: Is now synonymous with failure. We're making "real failure".
Scandal: At one time, this word was used rarely, because scandals themselves were rare. Now the word, and the deeds, have become so commonplace that we'll need to come up with a new word to jolt us out of our indifference.
Draft: Was: What the government did to bolster the military. Is: What we do to entice Al Gore to run.
Ethics: Once revered, now so abused that mouth-to-mouth is required...an intimate act that brings us to back the word "scandal", which has impacted our ethics.
Privilege: Immunity-turned-abomination. Such a nice word. "Driving is a privilege, not a right." Now it's, "Privilege is a right, not a privilege, if you're part of the executive branch."
Iraq: I remember when it used to refer specifically to a country. Now it implies perpetual occupation, devastation, and divisiveness. "I'm against Iraq" now means you're anti-policy, not anti-an entire area.
Contractor: Used to be: Someone who overcharged for a kitchen makeover, and didn't complete the work. Now: Mercenaries with little or no accountability who don't complete the work.
Security: Something we used to enjoy.
Failure: See: Bush.