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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
gadzookery (gad-ZOO-kuh-ree) noun
Use of archaic words or expressions, e.g. wight (a human being), prithee (I pray thee).
[Apparently from gadzooks, once used as a mild oath, which may have been an alteration of God's hooks, a reference to the nails of Christ's crucifixion.]
"Why does a novelist turn to history? Commonly it is for a new wealth of
verifiable particulars, a ready supply of the circumstantial details
that promise to make fiction probable. Rose Tremain followed this track
for her commercially and critically successful novel, Restoration, a book
full of the quirks and ruffles of a half-familiar past. There was,
however, more than a hint of gadzookery about it."
"She (Georgette Heyer) wanted to write more serious historical novels.
Unfortunately the books she wrote outside her period have a tendency
towards the gadzookery of Baroness Orczy."
Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose. -Beverly Nichols, author
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