Dynasties used to be related to heredity and the everlasting rulers of a country.
Empires were once the pure domain of a group of states or countries under a single, supreme, rule.
Today — in our colloquial everyday infusion — “dynasties” are winning basketball teams and “empires” are run by the likes of a Donald Trump. Has the common use of these ancient terms rotted the historic quality and importance of the dynasty and the empire?
Or have their definitions been merely stretched to deepen — and not cheapen — the meaning of those inspirational ideals? Should we allow words and their meanings to be elastic in the everyday?
Or must we be vigilant and hard as invokers of these ideas and refuse to allow multiple definitions for individual words? Do we want any common family to ever become a dynasty? Is there a danger is allowing every ordinary businessman to rule an empire?