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  • n. the use of archaism, tushery
  • adj. Filled with or full of archaisms.


From gadzooks +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • We won't accuse Dickens of gadzookery ( "the bane of historical fiction," as historical novelist John Vernon called it in

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