Science fiction had a profound impact on the many terms we use now.  The hyperspace/subspace argument, which still goes on, is far from the only “debate” we had.  When the Peloran gave us the basic secrets of gravitic tech, we quickly harnessed them to protect our ships, just as they did.  We had very long debates over whether to call them shields, screens, deflectors, or a host of other names.  They never truly ended in civilian society.