Here's one small word: pompom.
What does it mean to you?
It's joy for me: tumbling clowns with pompom buttons; a pompom bounding along on top of a child's hat...
...mathematical dahlias (someone's pride and joy)...
But some of us hear killing.
Pompom (or pom-pom): a cannon, especially an anti-aircraft cannon.
Well, I've made my choice.
Word To Use Today: pompom. The cannon word is an imitation of its noise. The fluffy-ball word comes from the Old French pompe, a knot of ribbons.