Today I read an article about "tainted spice". I clicked on the article because the link between kidney failure and tainted spice seemed like something I should be aware of. I cook with spices, and if one of them could be tainted, I should be informed.
This experience reminded me of trying hard to understand how I would distinguish between bath salts and "bath salts". Could I accidentally bring home "bath salts" instead of bath salts, all unknowing?!
The tainted "spice" is apparently a synthetic marijuana, and "bath salts" are . . . well, to be perfectly honest, I still don't know what the heck they are. I've read several articles relating to them, and at first I thought people were doing something strange with the same bath salts I use in a bath. I don't think that's the case, but I'm not 100% clear on this.
I think there should be a law against changing the meaning of words that us old fogeys think we understand.