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As in Ersatz Realism

In this case, there are ersatz flowers.

In this case, there are ersatz flowers.

Just kidding. We all know that books have to be actual and truthful representations of real life (*snicker*). We would never fake it with an ersatz reality. Or have our characters give a show of ersatz emotion. But we might use the word in dialogue somewhere.

Waiter: We ran out of coffee beans. Is ersatz coffee all right?
Customer: Ersatz coffee? What’s that?
Waiter: Tea.

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