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    Choosing the right words avoiding repetition/fitting definitions

    My question is really two-part. Firstly I find I might have a preference or dislike of certain words for a variety of reasons, how to manage this I still find a bit of a challenge.

    For example let's say I wish to reference a group of trees in my writing. I might choose words like a grove/a stand of trees/a copse, but their definitions are not quite the same. So how do I vary my word choice while still being accurate. Is it wrong to say a large copse, when copse in itself specifically means a small group of trees? Is that an incorrect way of using a modifier?

    Another example is when a certain word clashes with the setting of the story even though it's technically the most correct. When I write about a leather jacket, I think of something a biker might wear. So if I wish to describe that type of longsleeved clothing being worn specifically by a female character in a medieval based fantasy without conjuring images of modern leather jackets, I could use the word "jerkin" but again it's definition is technically inaccurate as jerkins were primarily worn by men and often had no sleeves. Would it be wrong to describe it as a "longsleeved jerkin" (perhaps with a specifically feminine fit) and should I therefore stick with the more general "jacket" even though I feel it might carry with it a modern sense of the word that I wish to avoid? This is also true for a few words which are still in modern use but also had a historic version/origin, like the word "coat".

    Thanks for the help in choosing the right words.
    Last edited by H7TM4N; 06-25-2020 at 05:47 PM.

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