Cluster: (n) a group
To anyone under the age of thirty, the word “cluster” is mentally followed by “fuck.”
To anyone over the age of thirty, that particular interpretation may be bumped by the consideration of peanut or almond candy.
Because I’m writing and interacting with people of all ages, I must be careful not to use words like “cluster.”
A “cluster of ideas,” which might be included in one of my essays, would cause the millennials to giggle, and those older folks to salivate for chocolate.
Some words have worn out their usefulness, or have been so tainted or tinted that they cannot be slid into normal conversation.
Such is the word cluster.
So even though I may be tempted to refer to a “cluster of activities” or a “cluster of problems” or a “cluster of opportunities,” I must catch myself–because cluster has already established its mission and is not allowed to take on any new significance.