Re: something that would be quite disorienting
Are words "real"?
Claiming that, in English, a word is or is not "real" is generally a statement of prescriptivist religion. Such a claim has no authority beyond the prejudices of the writer, appeals to historical usage, etymology, etc. notwithstanding.
Of course, in an philosophical sense, words are real (though not concrete) under most common ontological interpretations. That includes neologisms, eggcorns, nonstandard constructions, and other innovations, deliberate or inadvertent.