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- n. the use of archaism, tushery
- adj. Filled with or full of archaisms.
Bridget's novel, set in colonial Virginia, features an engaging and cohesive plot, but the dialogue contains so much gadzookery that it doesn't sound realistic.
We’ve all stumbled through those historical novels where the plot and dialogue have been overwhelmed by the author’s well-intentioned research; my favorite term for this was coined by a reviewer: “gadzookery.”
We won't accuse Dickens of gadzookery ( "the bane of historical fiction," as historical novelist John Vernon called it in