Semantic flips

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This is a list of weird semantic reversals I've noticed.

"Citizens United"

  • Originally referred to a group that was fighting for a law against corporate sponsorship of elections
  • Now refers to the decision made against that group
  • Now lots of examples of supporters of the original group using phrases like "We hate Citizens United", "Dump Citizens United", etc.

"Oxford comma"

"People with a cold sound nasally"

"Pre-existing conditions"

  • For people taking away protections for pre-existing conditions.
  • "Let's hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions."