[LMB] bemused by bemused

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Sep 4 17:03:43 BST 2015


> On Sep 4, 2015, at 9:46 AM, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> 
> One of which is, how often may one use an unusual word?  The more unusual, the fewer times per book, well and good.  But when that is extended to a series, problems crop up -- how much curtailment till one is stripped of vocabulary altogether?  Also uncontrollably, such repetitions will be processed differently by a reader reading the books all in a row versus spacing them out.  And so on.

An exception is when a character uses that unusual word.

Sometimes even made up words work (Klingon), when applied to a character or SF technology.    It would be neat to have others copy that word (ansible).


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