A member of a lottery family whom I’d talked about on my website wrote to me asking what the heck a lottery family was and why was I saying such things about her family. She was disturbed and offended by the phrase. Looking back, I can see why she misunderstood my intentions — after all, “lottery” generally means something good, and the things that had happened to her family were terrible. I replied explaining the term and linking to the original entry where I’d come up it nearly three years ago. It is uniquely my own; I shouldn’t expect other people who aren’t regular readers of my blog to get it.
Do y’all think I should link to that entry whenever I write “lottery family” to avoid any confusion and people taking offense? Would this actually help to avoid that?