Cases in point:
*Psychotherapist means something very, very different than "psycho therapist." Alfred Hitchcock's influence aside, there is no such thing as a psycho, only psychopaths. Reducing it to half a word muddies the language surrounding an entire discipline.Now if I were to hear "She's so oral," I might get the wrong impression too... and be stuck with a girl who's all talk and no action.
*Similarly, oral sex has become truncated such that snickers follow from oral history, oral hygiene, oral exam, and so on.
*One final example is how in everyday speech the word anal is supposed to stand for anal retentive according to Freud's terminology. We've shortened it to anal, but when I hear "She's so anal," the first thing I think is, "Really?!" Then I realize we're resorting to uninformed psychological models rather than measures of just how uninhibited a chick happens to be. Again, it's a case of the opposite meaning being conferred.
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