[LMB] bemused by bemused
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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