There seem to be these words that are used for one purpose and one purpose only.
Take the phrase “high-strung,” to describe someone who’s constantly in a state of agitation.
So, if someone isn’t “high-strung,” would they then be “low-strung?”
We use the term only in one sense. In many ways, it works, because it’s the best way to describe what you’re trying to say.
Another phrase is “runs the full gamut.”
This is big in government/corporate speak. It’s a way of saying there is a wide range of points something touches on.
The word “gamut” means, basically, a color spectrum.
Do we use the word “gamut” in any other sense? Not really. But guys who really have no idea what a “gamut” is use this phrase repeatedly.
We also call the bathroom on an airplane a “lavatory,” but we don’t go take a crap in “lavatories” at home.
This phenomenon surely runs the full gamut.