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Initial revision by user avatar Peter · 2019-12-08T12:49:22Z (7 months ago)
Actual usage and the original definition of a word may be out of sync ([literally](https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/literally)). And neither of them is the "real definition" you're referring to.

Since you're afraid of creating a disconnect, I recommend sticking with the words the readers already know to mean what you want to say.

I recommend using your own made up words if you need to highlight a small but important difference to the existing word, or to remind the readers that some characters are from different cultures than others.

Attribution notice added by user avatar System · 2019-12-08T12:49:22Z (7 months ago)
Source: https://writers.stackexchange.com/a/47645
License name: CC BY-SA 3.0
License URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Imported from external source by user avatar System · 2019-08-28T16:46:07Z (10 months ago)
Original score: 1