-Lirael, Garth Nix
This paragraph held my attention so much in this book I am reading. So much that I know exactly where it sits on the page when searching for it. I don't know why it calls to me, and it helped set the mood so well in this scene.
I hope to use this word someday, but I know it won't work as well. Still, I will take the risk.
Etymology: German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute
: being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation