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Discussion: Using Foreign Words

Language Word Cloud

Today’s discussion topic comes from QSFer Alison Mann:

Lexicon / unusual / foreign words. How much is too much? Is a glossary really all that useful in ebooks considering the reader can’t just flip to the back like they can with a paperback? How important is it to get words right for the time period/region? How can you check usage? etc

These are some great questions, especially for me at the moment, considering that I’m knee deep in second draft on my NaNo novel, and my Glossary for my fantasy/sci fi story is just about to hit 100 words. But I’d argue that you have more leeway in sci fi and fantasy for made-up words than in other genres.

What do you think?

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