Do you worry about 'overworked' words? You do? Me too.
Take this pair.
Time was when the figurative use of 'icon' and 'iconic' denoted something of an accolade. Big endorsement.
Not any more. Just about anything getting a recognition score of more than five out of ten qualifies for 'iconic' status: 'the Marmite jar, the iconic sine qua non of the British tea table' - and so on....
Having got this far, a chill breeze of self-doubt prompts Mr Gnome to search the blog for appearances of the 'i-words'.
He finds three occurrences with reference to, in order, Valerie Singleton, Mr Gnome himself - and The Wizard of Oz.
Hmm. One rests one's case.
Any suggestions of other words in need of respite care?