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There's clearly a need for a word that means, "increase in the price level" and that word is "inflation." Your nitpick almost reads like a criticism of the word "fever": it doesn't distinguish the causes of the fever but lumps them together.

Economists have been studying inflation long before they really understood its causes and there are surely more refinements that are left, so it's vital to be able to talk about the observed phenomenon in a cause-agnostic way. Just like it's vital that doctors can talk about "fevers" without having to know about the exact underlying cause.

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