Some languages, like French, have an official body that decides how words can and cannot be used.
English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee.
Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you’re using a word “correctly.”
It’s all a matter of taste and context. But there are opinions. And some count more than others.
Steven Pinker is probably as good an expert to ask as anyone. Helpfully, the renowned Harvard linguist and best-selling author
recently wrote a book, titled “The Sense of Style
,” that aims to help readers improve their use of the English language.