verbicide

verbicide

(ˈvɜːbɪˌsaɪd)
n
an act or instance of destroying a word

verbicide

Facetious. misuse or overuse of a word or any use of a word which is damaging to it.
See also: Language
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It's enough to drive an anxious magazine editor to verbicide.
My argument against Hitchings's use of intriguing is on two grounds: First, it is an act of verbicide, for if more and more people use the word as he does, its older, more specific meaning will soon pass out of existence, which would be both a loss and a pity.
In his article Verbicide, author David Orr noted that today's youth can identify over 1,000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 plants and animals native to their own backyard.