'Absolutely' is currently very commonly used, especially in the media and by politicians as a general purpose intensifier to show sincerity. Does this erode the meaning or add to it?
At first glance, many might complain that the exact meaning of the word is being lost through its current overuse. However, I feel that this is not necessarily the case. A word can acquire a new sense and vogue without losing its original meaning. Given that its current meaning is related to its original meaning and so nothing has really been lost.