Could I ask a possibly related question? Sure, legitimacy can be defined; but what use is such a definition? When a culture gives free choice to use spellings for their own names, and these spellings are respected by all authority; when some subcultures freely invent names along with their spellings (i.e., when a subculture likes names and spellings which have no prior attestation); in such cultures/subcultures, which internal phenomenon cares about the legitimacy of these names?
And, why is the term legitimacy the correct term for this concept: shouldn't the word legitimacy be more about acceptance in the appropriate culture, not about its acceptance by the educated, or even literate, subsection?
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