I found this morning’s DailyWritingTips intriguing. Today’s topic is Archaic Adjectives and Adverbs. Among the words are things like “heretofore,” and “nary.” Certainly not words you’re likely to hear around the dinner table tonight. The piece advises using these words sparingly to avoid sounding like a “Renaissance Faire refugee.”
Fair enough but it also got me to thinking about how far the fantasy writer (thinking more high fantasy and less urban fantasy) can stretch this idea. How many times can words like “forsooth,” or “puissant,” get thrown in before even fantasy writing is considered trite?