The other day I described Lily's hair as "tousled" and it occurred to me that "tousled" is a word which is only ever applied to hair.
It's a word that has been through Adjective School and missed all the lessons apart from Hair so has come out as a total specialist and one-trick pony. Just like double barrelled toff "one-trick" that only seemed to pop up in pony classes. One day someone is going to call them in and say "I'm sorry, Tousled. Times are tight and there's a lot of words fighting for employment in the average person's 500 word vocabulary. I think we can manage Hair without you from now. You're fired".
On the other hand, there are adjectives that are supremely versatile. Take the word "blue" for example. If you reported that "Jeremy Clarkson is a bit Blue" you could mean that he is:
Azure in Skin Tone
And all spot on!
Let's feel sorry for "tousled" - it should get out more and try and meet a few new interesting nouns for social engagement and variety with a view to possible declension.
Can anybody suggest any other specialist adjectives that have worked themselves into a corner?