[LMB] Word Choice and Etymology

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 21:45:04 BST 2011


Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:49:39 -0500 (CDT)

> From: Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com>
> Subject: [LMB] word choice
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> Ah ha, somebody noticed.  So nice (though not necessary) when that happens.
>
> http://jetaylor75.blogspot.com/2011/10/manic-monday-with-nancy-fulda.html
>
> (The link goes to an interview with a newish writer who mentions some of
> my work as a worked example to the wider problem of word choice in
> fantasy/SF subcreations.)
>
> Such a shame Ms. Fulda didn't actually look into the history of her
examples; ferex, the word 'demon' is not Satanic in origin.  See the wikipedia
entry on Daemon<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_%28classical_mythology%29>.
That is in fact an example of how later usage can utterly change a word's
meaning, not of how difficult it is to do so.  The bad tends to push out the
good, I'm afraid.



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