Re: old words
Posted by Kathy F. on October 10, 1997 at 00:46:57:
In response to old, obscure words, written by Barbara on October 09, 1997 at 21:49:19
] I find I enjoy seeing some of this
] older more formal type of English. And I find that many of the words give me ideas for types of words to use if I venture into writing fan fiction.
I guess my main problem with some of the words in JE is that (to me) they are out of place, either in the particular sentence or paragraph, or the entire book. It makes me think that CB was trying to give her book a false superiority. (I'm trying to find a better way of expressing myself, please bear with me.) The sentences flow along very nicely, and then, all of a sudden, she throws out a huge word that just sticks out and breaks the flow. It's like she decided that she had to prove (to the male editors??) that she had a good education, and could use as many big words as they could. But (to paraphrase Jurassic Park) "she got so involved with whether or not she could, she forgot to ask if she should."
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