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    '05 NUEser EJ123's Avatar
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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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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    20.
    Reacting is mind candy; it requires no thought. Thinking is tedious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Try reading Stephen R. Donaldson.
    I read a few of his books... a mistake I have no intention of repeating.
    Your friendly, local, minor god of information.

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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?
    Reacting is mind candy; it requires no thought. Thinking is tedious.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    24, but I have a poor vocabulary for an academic. Please do not beat me!
    +1

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    I read a few of his books... a mistake I have no intention of repeating.
    I learned with only one book not to read any more.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker View Post
    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.
    ditto
    just being

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
    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
    Minatory
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by red house View Post
    "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 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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