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10th Jan '17 10:59:57 AM eleanorofaquitaine
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* Creator/LeoTolstoy uses "handsome" to describe many characters in "Literature/WarandPeace."
2nd Jan '17 2:53:21 PM Twiddler
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* Diane Castle of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse trots out some new vocab in every Phase novel. Since when does a fourteen year old use the word 'propaedeutic' or 'fictile'?
** Since said fourteen year old has an eidetic memory, the best schooling his billionaire parents could buy, a need to appear mature and intelligent among businessmen and politicians, and a personal preference for sounding smarter than those he's talking to. Note that Ms. Castle only uses words like that when writing from Phase's perspective, dropping back to a more normal vocabulary when writing as Aquerna or other more normal teenagers.

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* Diane Castle of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse trots out some new vocab in every Phase novel. Since when does a fourteen year old use the word 'propaedeutic' or 'fictile'?
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'fictile'? Since said fourteen year old has an eidetic memory, the best schooling his billionaire parents could buy, a need to appear mature and intelligent among businessmen and politicians, and a personal preference for sounding smarter than those he's talking to. Note that Ms. Castle only uses words like that when writing from Phase's perspective, dropping back to a more normal vocabulary when writing as Aquerna or other more normal teenagers.
30th Nov '16 10:56:14 PM lucy24
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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has a thing for using the word song in book titles. His novel series is called ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', and his other works include ''A Song for Lya'', ''Songs of Stars and Shadows'', and ''Songs Dead Men Sing''. Not to mention two story collections he edited, ''Songs of The Dying Earth'' and ''Songs of Love and Death''.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has a thing for using the word song “song” in book titles. His novel series is called ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', and his other works include ''A Song for Lya'', ''Songs of Stars and Shadows'', and ''Songs Dead Men Sing''. Not to mention two story collections he edited, ''Songs of The Dying Earth'' and ''Songs of Love and Death''.
4th Oct '16 7:20:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Christopher Paolini]] has this habit when he writes: characters, many of whom do not have any sort of formal education (or are even downright illiterate), strangely have college level vocabularies, even when their status or profession would have them calling something differently. In text, he'll often pull a [[{{Scrabble}} 25 point word]] from nowhere because, while he could have used several smaller words, or different ones altogether, he just ''had'' to use that big one, even if it chunks up the sentence, ruins the flow, and really has no place being there among such other common words.

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* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Christopher Paolini]] has this habit when he writes: characters, many of whom do not have any sort of formal education (or are even downright illiterate), strangely have college level vocabularies, even when their status or profession would have them calling something differently. In text, he'll often pull a [[{{Scrabble}} [[TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}} 25 point word]] from nowhere because, while he could have used several smaller words, or different ones altogether, he just ''had'' to use that big one, even if it chunks up the sentence, ruins the flow, and really has no place being there among such other common words.
2nd Oct '16 10:47:10 AM nombretomado
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* Ever notice that EdgarAllanPoe seems to like the word "arabesque"? Also "singular"

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* Ever notice that EdgarAllanPoe Creator/EdgarAllanPoe seems to like the word "arabesque"? Also "singular"
4th Sep '16 9:09:50 AM jakobitis
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* Bernard Cornwell, in the {{Sharpe}} series and elsewhere, likes using the word "flensed" in the context of battle wounds.

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* Bernard Cornwell, in the {{Sharpe}} series and elsewhere, likes using the word "flensed" in the context of battle wounds. Those who suffer said wounds frequently 'mew' instead of the more common whimpering, groaning etc.
31st Aug '16 12:04:53 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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** In "Literature/ADanceWithDragons", the phrase "Ramsay in his wroth" is used frequently in the Reek/Theon chapters. Actually quite funny since "wroth" is being used to replace "wrath" and "wroth" means "angry" rather than "anger."

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** In "Literature/ADanceWithDragons", Literature/ADanceWithDragons, the phrase "Ramsay in his wroth" is used frequently in the Reek/Theon chapters. Actually quite funny since "wroth" is being used to replace "wrath" and "wroth" means "angry" rather than "anger."
31st Aug '16 12:04:00 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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** In "Literature/ADanceWith Dragons", the phrase "Ramsay in his wroth" is used frequently in the Reek/Theon chapters. Actually quite funny since "wroth" is being used to replace "wrath" and "wroth" means "angry" rather than "anger."

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** In "Literature/ADanceWith Dragons", "Literature/ADanceWithDragons", the phrase "Ramsay in his wroth" is used frequently in the Reek/Theon chapters. Actually quite funny since "wroth" is being used to replace "wrath" and "wroth" means "angry" rather than "anger."
31st Aug '16 12:03:05 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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** In "Literature/ADanceWith Dragons", the phrase "Ramsay in his wroth" is used frequently in the Reek/Theon chapters. Actually quite funny since "wroth" is being used to replace "wrath" and "wroth" means "angry" rather than "anger."
15th Aug '16 7:45:49 AM 759mages
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' characters will rarely simply have walked over to something. Characters will have "padded" somewhere. Regardless of footwear or any other factor that would influence the sound their steps make. Bare feet on a wooden floor. "Padded." Cowboy boots on marble. Also "padded."
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