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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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Jan
25
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae The horse-related words (hackamore, farrier) I know from sword-and-sorcery novels. Caesura is a musical term (I took one year of clarinet). Shillalegh is the staff leprechauns carry. :) The rest: some are trade-specific (bungstarter) or ethnic (rebozo, jacal) and you're right, some are just esoteric. It could be that McCarthy found them deliberately for his book, or that he traveled a lot and absorbed them from locals. (cont'd)
Jan
24
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
@SF. True. Gertrude Stein had her tone poems ("Sweet tea"). You can't really have a "tone Kōan."
Jan
24
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
@Aerovistae Yes, I'm sure the Simpson paterfamilias struggles with iterating his thoughts on paper, but that's hardly the point.
Jan
24
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
@Aerovistae The idea is that the fewer words you have, the more weight each one carries. "For sale: baby shoes, never worn" is an entire story in six words. But figuring out which six words to tell or imply a narrative is very hard, while using 90K gives you more leeway. You have, literally, many tries and more room to add layers and details in a novel. In a Kōan, the limited space forces you to be extremely choosy about your words, because you don't have room to fix it later in the story. It's the same point I was making about poetry.
Jan
24
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
Jan
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How many different words are in the average novel?
Jan
22
comment What are my headlines lacking?
@Jay I don't think it's much of a jump at all, but you're right, there are two potential target markets: people who want a tough vehicle to dominate other drivers, and people who want a tough vehicle to dominate the elements. There is some overlap, but they aren't all the same customers. So the OP has to figure out which is the desired target market and aim the copy there.
Jan
22
comment What are my headlines lacking?
Yes, exactly. You need humor. You need something sly. I might even dare suggest a pun.
Jan
22
revised What are my headlines lacking?
fixed bullet formatting and made titles into title case for readability
Jan
22
answered Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages
Jan
21
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@NeilFein The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, actually. I save the OED for lunch.
Jan
21
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae like "defenestrate"? I love that one. :) I promise not to cackle at anything you ask about.
Jan
20
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
Depends. What do you define as "archaic and extremely rare"? I haven't read Cormac McCarthy so I don't know what words he uses that you're looking up.
Jan
20
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
+1 for the lacuna.
Jan
20
revised Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
deleted 5 characters in body
Jan
20
comment Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
@ZayneSHalsall thank you! :)
Jan
20
answered How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
Jan
20
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
@Aerovistae Oui, je le parle un peu, et l'italien aussi, although my Italian is more Sicilian. It amused me that the right phrase for "the right word" was in French. :)
Jan
20
answered How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
Jan
20
comment Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents
@ZayneSHalsall Thank you for the consideration. I acknowledge that a PDF is not "plain text" in the sense of Notepad or TextEdit. I was providing another suggestion which the OP might not have considered if he was focused on working in a particular program, and/or some other future reader of the question might find useful.