What is a word to describe selecting the absolute best word to use in a sentence? This is a problem for writers.

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    What's the question again?
    – Em1
    Jan 6, 2014 at 18:02

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Mot juste means the exact, appropriate word.

  • Given these are actually two (French) words, perhaps we should say the answer is the/les mots justes :) Jan 6, 2014 at 19:15
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    So why can't he simply use the right word since mot juste means the right word?
    – bib
    Jan 6, 2014 at 20:18
  • Mot juste is better. Jan 6, 2014 at 23:35

There's the French-origin word "mot juste", which, as mentioned in earlier answer is defined by ODO as

The exact, appropriate word

If it's the process of choosing words, irrespective of them being good or bad, call it "wording", or "phrasing". Definitions from M-W:


the way in which something is said or written : the words that are used to say something


the way something is expressed in words : the particular words or the order of words that are used to express something

So, a sentence can be poorly worded or phrased. Or, perhaps, it can be wordy

Or it can be clear, concise, or properly worded.

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