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    Word "excrescence"

    I have tried to use "excrescence" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The new music hall was announced as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but it turned to be an excrescence which drew derision and laugh from the public.

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    It could draw laughs or laughter,​ but not a singular "laugh".
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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    "... it turned out to be ...".

    I was unfamiliar with the word "excrescence" until your post. Had I seen it in writing, I'd have had to look it up. It's not in everyday use in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    I have tried to write my sentence after reading this passage from Forster's "Passage to India":

    The very wood seems made of mud, the inhabitants of mud moving. So abased, so monotonous is everything that meets the eye, that when the Ganges comes down it might be expected to wash the excrescence back into the soil.

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    ... Forster's "Passage to India"
    (Written in 1924.)

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I was unfamiliar with the word "excrescence" until your post. Had I seen it in writing, I'd have had to look it up.
    Me too.

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

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    It is true that book is old and the word is seldom used, but it is good to know it. Sometimes if you describe something and use an unusual word, the reader will probably be interested to know the meaning of it. That means that you actively engage the reader in your text, and he or she will no longer be a passive reader who just receives the information. Instead, they will start searching for it.

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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    I named an oversized SUV that I rented on a winter visit to Colorado and New Mexico "the Excresence" for its gross wastefulness. It went through the snow great, but that didn't make me feel any better about it.
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    Re: Word "excrescence"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Rover_KE

    It is true that book is old and the word is seldom used, but it is good to know it. Sometimes if you describe something and use an unusual word, the reader will probably be interested to know the meaning of it. That means that you actively engage the reader in your text, and he or she will no longer be a passive reader who just receives the information. Instead, they will start searching for it.

    That's true - to a certain extent. I don't mind having to look up a couple of words when reading a book but if I continually stumble across words I don't know and have to resort to a dictionary each time, it won't be long before I give up reading it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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