There are some lurking in the world that believe fondness equals an
inappropriate expression of sexual desire when fondness is actually one of the
most innocent and universal expressions for merely liking someone.
One can never know the vocabulary vault of another person — and so one risks using words that may not have universal meaning and precise definition.
When one misunderstands the definition of a word — and then skews its meaning in use — the very language that condemns the misdeed is damaged in the exchange of a misdiagnosed context.
That unfortunate circumstance means we are forced to draw down the world into base meanings of eternal opposites instead of varying gradations of similar — but not identical — shared concepts.
So our inability to know and share lots of words in the rich tapestry of self expression with others by default forces us to live in a black and white world; to create stasis in a universe of only love and hate; and to try to survive in a state of being where fondness is perceived as a derogatory term worthy of a mocking despair.