There is a time and place to introduce new terms to those that may not be familiar with words that could be considered “unknown” terms. Not necessarily unknown as an English language dictionary would define, but unknown as far as everyday usage. Daily, people don’t really think about what they are saying. For instance, how often do people really think about the word careful? Do we really know we are saying full of care? Mindful is to be full of mind. How often have we said someone looks familiar and not realize we are saying someone looks like family, or of the same household. (The word family has only began to mean someone of the same genetic material in the last four to five centuries, and not anyone who was raised with you in the same household regardless of blood line.)
Words are power. The redefining of words for the positive effect and outcome can reshape how you think about things. How you interpret things being said to you by others that may have, or have bad intentions when using certain terminologies. Redefining words and terms for a manipulative purpose and for a personal material outcome can and will profit those purporting them, but its up to the reader/listener to create a shield against these powers, by fortifying their own vocabularies and not just sitting on “known” terms.
While listening to a local radio program a few years ago, Dr. Jewell Pookrum was on speaking about men and women’s health and a call came in with a complaint on his lips. He began by saying that she was speaking over his head. That, she began where he could understand her but, the more she talked she began to use words he didn’t understand. She responded by explaining that it was her duty to meet him on a road where he stood, then take him to a higher level. We have to begin to rethink what we are saying to ourselves and to one another, and begin to use words of power to reshape our worlds.