Language is a funny thing. I think of it as fixed but it's fluid, with new words and meanings being added to our vocabulary all the time. Even popular phrases come and go. People give "150%" to find something with the "wow factor".
One word that was made up only a few years ago that I strongly dislike is "previvor". According to the people who made it up, "cancer previvor" means "survivor of a predisposition to cancer" although nowadays the "cancer" is assumed and they're called just "previvors". Apparently people who've been diagnosed with the genes linked to ovarian and breast cancer want a label other than "unaffected carrier", which apparently is what the medical community uses.
I have a strongly negative visceral reaction to the word "previvor". I get that people want a label, but this one implies that they're going to develop a disease - which is by no means certain - and that they're the only ones who are genetically predisposed to develop it - which they can't know, because researchers have only found two genes so far that are connected to breast and ovarian cancer. Apparently I'm not the only person who's had cancer (or "survived it") who reacts the same way I do to this phrase.
An organization called FORCE (the ones who made up the word) is trying to get legislation passed (H Res#1522) so that the US recognizes a Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week as the last week of September, with the Wednesday of that week to be designated "Previvor Day". Apparently this designation is critical in the fight against hereditary cancer. They talk as though this is a fight for all hereditary cancers, but it's only for the few genes for breast and ovarian cancer.
Honestly, there are more diseases out there than hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and researches don't know all of the genes that define this hereditary cancer. And what about other hereditary cancers? Why should they be excluded? What makes these genes more important and deserving of notice than any other?
I'm deeply offended by the idea of this proposed legislation - especially the idea of a "Previvor Day" and hope it won't pass. There is nothing critical about designating the week or a special day; honestly, the calendar doesn't need the extra clutter.
If I was in the US I'd write my House Representative and speak out against this legislation and especially against a "Previvor day".