Word of the year (so far): piece

Everywhere I go, typically in places in which people are talking about plans and/or strategy, I hear the word “piece.” An example from an article I was reading today:

The one piece that we have not tapped into that I think there’s opportunity there to help perpetuate this, is tying in to the local and state government.

Why “piece”? What’s wrong with component or angle or aspect or even area? Piece is my early nominee for word of the year in the “not new” category.

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