Re: Thopter and " Language grows up in ways we can’t always control. Literally now can mean “figuratively”. " ==> Well, but in that case, Wizards DO control the creature types it writes on cards, right? We're not talking about some player slang, here.
I was going to say we didn’t invent the word “thopter”, but I figured I’d check the internet to make sure that was true. And it turns out, it seems like we might have coined the term. (I would love evidence if we didn’t.)
So I had to take a different tact. I’m going to use what I’m calling the Star Wars defense. The word “android” is a combination of a Greek root (“andr” meaning “man”) and an old English root (“oid” meaning “resembling”). It means “something resembling a man”.
Star Wars wanted to create its own term for robots so it created “droid”, an abbreviated version of “android”. Like thopter, droid breaks at a point different than the separation of the word roots.
My argument, if it was good enough for “Star Wars”, it’s good enough for Magic.