Shades of Grey meaning subtlety not sex

I can’t say “shades of grey” anymore thanks to that annoying book.  I’m looking at you EL James.

Can we sue her for changing the language and the connotations of an idiom?

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3 responses to “Shades of Grey meaning subtlety not sex

  1. Mike Zimmerman

    Needing language to change quickly seems analogous to needing chickens to evolve into bonelessness. No matter how savory the goal, some things just take time (especially if we don’t let the chickens in on the plan). When words acquire new meanings quickly, it’s usually simple appropriation and almost certain to offend someone.

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