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View Poll Results: How many of these words do you know their definition?
None (like me!) 2 6.25%
One 0 0%
Two 0 0%
Three 1 3.13%
Four 0 0%
Five-Seven 2 6.25%
Eight-Eleven 2 6.25%
Twelve-Fifteen 2 6.25%
Fifteen+ 22 68.75%
All (Too smart for my own good) 1 3.13%
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Old 01-28-08, 08:45 PM   #1
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Authors who write novels using a thesaurus

Is it common? I'm reading this melodramatic, thesaurus abusing, unnecessary long novel called the Prince of Tides. Now despite such overusage of big words, the author does a really great job getting things across easily.

In 50 pages I circled all the words I didn't understand. And there are plenty of other words too.

How many of these 27 words do you honestly know the definition to?

Paroxysms
Regal
Unctuous
Beatific
Arduous
Bemused
Gaiety
Stoical
Bifurcated
Divagation
Debacle
Remuneration
Fastidious
Baroque
Magisterial
Gneiss
Concubinage
Precarious
Ostentatious
Napery
Insuperable
Baleful
Insurrect
Minatory
Inviolability
Dissident
Subjugation
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Try reading Stephen R. Donaldson.
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How many of these 27 words do you honestly know the definition to?
27, and none of those words are inordinately (<-here's another one for you,) difficult. Put down the video games and the Maxim magazine for awhile, bro. Having a good vocabulary is nothing to be ashamed of, and it actually reflects positively on you in Adult Land.
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27, and none of those words are inordinately (<-here's another one for you,) difficult. Put down the video games and the Maxim magazine for awhile, bro. Having a good vocabulary is nothing to be ashamed of, and it actually reflects positively on you in Adult Land.
Blasphemy.
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Won't turn you gay, either.
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Just at a glance, well over half of them, and I'm sure most of the rest would become evident with context.

If not, expand your mind. Look them up in a dictionary. Can you imagine how boring a book would be that only used the most basic, simple language possible?

Not everyone wants to read Clifford The Big, Red Dog In: War & Peace.
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I think I know 9 of them, seen a couple other ones and would probably know the meaning from the context. Years ago I tried to keep a dictionary next to the bed, that way when I read and came across such a word I could immediately figure it out. Nowadays, I just don't read as much.
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Try reading Stephen R. Donaldson.
I read a few of his books... a mistake I have no intention of repeating.
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24, but I have a poor vocabulary for an academic. Please do not beat me!
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Regal
Arduous
Bemused
Gaiety
Stoical
Debacle
Fastidious
Baroque
Magisterial
Concubinage
Precarious
Ostentatious
Insurrect
Dissident
Subjugation


Come on. You didn't know ANY of these words?
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These are the words I do not know. There were plenty of "big" words I've known before that were used within this book.

Now this is a sentence: "Time had marked her early and cruelly with all the bend sinisters and cinquefoils of its inerasable heraldry."
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No, try reading Wole Soyinka.

He left a family of PhDs and Master's level education blurry eyed. And his books, well, they are best understood by members of the Nobel council
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24, but I have a poor vocabulary for an academic. Please do not beat me!
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21 for sure and most of the others I've seen and could figure out in context. If an authour is using them just to show off and impress you with his erudition (ha ha) then it's irritating, but if they work, because they are the precise word for the situation, or they add some interesting texture or poetry to the writing, then I'm fine with it.
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21 for sure and most of the others I've seen and could figure out in context. If an authour is using them just to show off and impress you with his erudition (ha ha) then it's irritating, but if they work, because they are the precise word for the situation, or they add some interesting texture or poetry to the writing, then I'm fine with it.
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These are the words I do not know. There were plenty of "big" words I've known before that were used within this book.

Now this is a sentence: "Time had marked her early and cruelly with all the bend sinisters and cinquefoils of its inerasable heraldry."
I'll grant the sentence is quite stilted, but it is comprehensible. Consider it a fun puzzle to be solved.

I knew 23 of the words. These I got stuck on:

Divagation
Napery
Insuperable
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Regal
Arduous
Bemused
Gaiety
Stoical
Debacle
Fastidious
Baroque
Magisterial
Concubinage
Precarious
Ostentatious
Insurrect
Dissident
Subjugation


Come on. You didn't know ANY of these words?


"Concubinage" I didn't even know such a word existed, than God somebody had the presence of mind to invent it! What a great word!


"He is the greatest pimp of all?"

"Yes, by far.. He got like tonnes and tonnes of concubinage."
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Try reading Stephen R. Donaldson.
Vermillion =/= red, d@mmit.

SRD is the man.

As for the list of words... gosh, do you not read much? For the most part they're not especially unusual.
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If I saw a book with that kind of writing it would go in the trash can.
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"Yes, by far.. He got like tonnes and tonnes of concubinage."
I'm not sure that's quite the correct usage

(24, for the record... If I'm not perfect, at least I'm part of an apparently growing club )

Edit: Gaaaah! 23! My math sucks, too
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i agree with x on this one. cannot belief I just wrote that.
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I got 20 that I knew without thinking about or dissecting the word. Having them in context I could probably have scored higher.
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