Some people say that using long words in sentences just makes you should pretentious. I agree with Roald Dahl, who said in his fabulous short story The Great Automatic Grammatizator that:
' "there's a trick that nearly every writer uses of inserting at least one long, obscure word into each story. This makes the reader think that the man is very wise and clever. So I have the machine do the same thing. There'll be a whole stack of long words stored away just for this purpose."
"In the 'word-memory' section," he said, epexegetically'However there is always the problem of acquiring these wonderful worlds. Words such as 'epexegetic' (meaning explanatory) have a nasty habit of slipping out of one's mind. So I have instated a habit of, whenever I come across a new word, adding it to a little onscreen notepad so I can glance at it daily. Eventually I can remember the word without looking at my computer and I hope that one day I will be able to recall the meaning and spelling too, until sometime in the distant future the word will actually be used, in speech or writing. Currently, I have three words on my list and oddly they all begin with the letter P.
Today's Word of the Day is 'pleonastic'. I can't remember where I discovered it, but describes the use of more words than necessary to express an idea clearly.
I.E. this post is pleonastic because all it is basically saying is Roald Dahl is superbly awesome as are words.