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Both approaches are valid, and neither need be used exclusively in any given piece of writing. Whenever you have an unfamiliar term to deal with - be it a made up fantasy word, a term from a foreign language, or a historical word that's fallen out of use - you have a choice: do you use the obscure word, or do you replace it with a modern English equivalent? ...


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This is the classic reason why so many stories open with someone new, who has to learn the terms: so the readers can pick them up easily. But you should put the point of view entirely within the character and use that character's terminology. Making clear what they mean is often an art in itself, and most readers will forgive a few cheats toward it, such ...


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It could be obvious from context that JD refers to Jovanne Diedi. I have to disagree with Sciborg: it's fine if you don't like a character's name. You can still keep the name. Is the character a good guy? A bad guy? A bad guy who becomes a good guy? A regular Joe? A very strange person? Thinking about all these things (and how you want the readers to react ...


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