Words we need

It’s surprising that the English language, with its wealth of words, native and borrowed, lacks any words at all, but it does. Two I see a need for in my work as a copy editor are short simple synonyms for “all you can eat” and “question and answer.” For the former, I suggest “tutti,” the Latin word meaning “all” that is used in orchestral music to tell everybody to play after a soloist or one section of the orchestra plays. For the latter, I suggest “quanswer,” which is self-explanatory. Both words are short, descriptive and simple and replace awkward constructions.

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