In the TV series The 100 there is described a punishment used on multigenerational space ship. Its being described as "To float someone":
Given person is put to an airlock without any protective suit and outer airlock is then quickly opened, causing rapid decompression, sucking that person to space and thus killing them.
Pretty gruesome type of execution, huh?
It does not surprise me that float is used as swear word:
- Go float yourselves!
- Float you!
However, how can we use "float" also as description of a procedure?
It seems to me, that people also use the word float as description of punishment:
- What are we going to do with [this bad person]? We will float him!
- What happened to Bob? He killed two people, therefore he has been floated
It does not give me sense to use same word for a curse word and legal term at the same time
I know that closest example is Jaywalking where term Jay meant something really naughty. But in common English, (I hope) people do not use phrases like:
- Isn't he stupid? Yes, he is such Jay!
So, to repeat the question: Can we have legal term word used as a swear word at the same time? Is such evolution of language possible? And if so, how?
(P.S.: I know that the TV series is going this way mostly because they want the series accessible to kids, which I imagine is nearly impossible if you use another F-word)