What Are Words For When No One Listens?

The title is a lyric from a song by an 80s band Missing Persons. But when I typed it made sense for the world right now. I feel like social media is shouting into a void where people listen only long enough to solidify their rage and then shout something else in response.

These are words that seem like they should mean something else:

penultimate — means second to last in a series. Should mean: biggest, baddest ever.
defenestrate — means throw someone out a window. Should mean: disembowel someone.
peripatetic — traveling from place to place. Should mean: digestive problems.
inimitable — incomparable, impossible to copy. Should mean: shouldn’t even be a word – it’s so awkward to say. I don’t like this word.

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