Bungalow: (n) a low house, with a broad front porch
Words are tools, but just as in the case of a screwdriver, can be used to kill.
I have used the word “bungalow.” I have used the word bungalow to describe some home I was renting which was beneath my standards–or perhaps universally without any standards. I wanted to make it clear I was not living in some sort of cheap flat, but instead was inhabiting a bungalow.
I chose the word “bungalow” to explain my living situation because I knew that nobody had a grasp on what a bungalow actually was. But I was willing to take the chance that most people thought a bungalow was more ritzy than a one-bedroom/one-bath.
Nobody ever questioned me on it.
Heads would turn slightly to the left or right, as if considering what a bungalow might be–but human pride prevented them from inquiring about the exact appearance of the domicile.
Yet the description of one’s less-than-acceptable environs only works if nobody ever comes to visit.
The first visit will eliminate the impact of the word “bungalow” for all time.