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13th Jan '16 12:10:05 PM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Stanley Baxter Playhouse'' episode "Two Desperate Men", based on "The Ransom of Red Chief" by Creator/OHenry, this is part of the characterisation of Hughie, the kidnapper played by Baxter, for example calling Glasgow "That great sprawling metamorphosis". This gets lampshaded by the kidnap victim: -->'''Logan''': And Scout gets his words wrong because he's trying to sound clever.\\ '''Hughie''': That's ostentatious!
8th Jan '16 4:43:15 PM TSBasilisk
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* Goku in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' has a tendency to use words and phrases he doesn't actually understand. This can range from funny to awkward.
4th Jan '16 4:49:34 PM nombretomado
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* [[SoulCalibur Yoshimitsu's]] dialect is somewhere between this and YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. Not that it stops him from being a BadAss.
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* [[SoulCalibur [[VideoGame/SoulCalibur Yoshimitsu's]] dialect is somewhere between this and YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. Not that it stops him from being a BadAss.
1st Dec '15 2:41:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of DaveBarry's "Mister Language Person" columns suggested using this as "Power Vocabulary" to impress your boss with:
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* One of DaveBarry's Creator/DaveBarry's "Mister Language Person" columns suggested using this as "Power Vocabulary" to impress your boss with:

* In ''Literature/BridgetJones: The Edge of Reason'', Bridget tries to start off her interview with Creator/ColinFirth by asking him about a movie of his that isn't ''PrideAndPrejudice'', and comes up with: "Do you think the book of ''FeverPitch'' has spored a confessional gender?" (She was supposed to ask him if it had "spawned a confessional genre," but had heard the phrase wrong.) He struggles to come up with a reasonable answer to this nonsensical question.
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* In ''Literature/BridgetJones: The Edge of Reason'', Bridget tries to start off her interview with Creator/ColinFirth by asking him about a movie of his that isn't ''PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', and comes up with: "Do you think the book of ''FeverPitch'' ''Literature/FeverPitch'' has spored a confessional gender?" (She was supposed to ask him if it had "spawned a confessional genre," but had heard the phrase wrong.) He struggles to come up with a reasonable answer to this nonsensical question.
30th Nov '15 6:17:07 PM eroock
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%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab. [[TitleDrop Delusions of Eloquence]] occur when a person [[FeigningIntelligence tries too hard to sound "educated"]] by using [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Big Words]] or carefully chosen phrases but gets it wrong, filling their dialogue with [[{{Malaproper}} malapropisms]], mispronunciations and mangled grammar. The result is that they sound ''less'' educated and at the same time a pompous and pretentious attention seeker.
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%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab. [[TitleDrop Delusions of Eloquence]] Eloquence occur when a person [[FeigningIntelligence tries too hard to sound "educated"]] by using [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Big Words]] or carefully chosen phrases but gets it wrong, filling their dialogue with [[{{Malaproper}} malapropisms]], mispronunciations and mangled grammar. The result is that they sound ''less'' educated and at the same time a pompous and pretentious attention seeker.
17th Nov '15 7:32:36 AM Prfnoff
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* The ''[[DetroitOneEightSeven Detroit 1-8-7]]'' episode "Beaten/ Cover Letter" featured a boxer's manager who spoke like this-- and a detective who mocked him for it.
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* The ''[[DetroitOneEightSeven Detroit 1-8-7]]'' ''Series/{{Detroit 187}}'' episode "Beaten/ Cover Letter" featured a boxer's manager who spoke like this-- and a detective who mocked him for it.
4th Nov '15 10:22:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* The OpeningNarration to DFE's ''SuperPresident'' states that the hero can change his body into "whatever the need requires".
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* The OpeningNarration to DFE's ''SuperPresident'' ''WesternAnimation/SuperPresident'' states that the hero can change his body into "whatever the need requires".

* Coach Wittenberg from ''HeyArnold'' is made of this trope, occasionally leading to GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the process (such as the time he refers to synchronized swimming as "circumcised swimming"). * Although Early Cuyler from ''{{Squidbillies}}'' is not trying to sound intelligent, he mispronuncitates and adds sylabbizanation to almost every word over three syllables because he is a hillbilly stereoishtypery.
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* Coach Wittenberg from ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is made of this trope, occasionally leading to GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the process (such as the time he refers to synchronized swimming as "circumcised swimming"). * Although Early Cuyler from ''{{Squidbillies}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' is not trying to sound intelligent, he mispronuncitates and adds sylabbizanation to almost every word over three syllables because he is a hillbilly stereoishtypery.

* Blob from ''TheDreamstone'' has bouts of this, particularly when trying to sound authoritative.
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* Blob from ''TheDreamstone'' ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' has bouts of this, particularly when trying to sound authoritative.

* Stinks from ''ErkyPerky'' tends to talk like this. Of course, no other character is actually smart enough to call him on it.
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* Stinks from ''ErkyPerky'' ''WesternAnimation/ErkyPerky'' tends to talk like this. Of course, no other character is actually smart enough to call him on it.
19th Oct '15 10:45:40 AM Willbyr
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* ''SinCity'' has the former (and, in a roundabout way, current) trope namers [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Shlubb and Klump]]. What can you say about people who render "circumnavigation" as "circumlocution" (when talking about driving around the block, yet!) or "quenched" as "quelched" or refer to "Consequences most dire" being "athwart us" or... you get the picture. * The {{Elseworld}} version of Hank [=McCoy=] in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}: Noir'' does this, in a sort of parody of the mainstream incarnation's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
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* ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has the former (and, in a roundabout way, current) trope namers [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Shlubb and Klump]]. What can you say about people who render "circumnavigation" as "circumlocution" (when talking about driving around the block, yet!) or "quenched" as "quelched" or refer to "Consequences most dire" being "athwart us" or... you get the picture. * The {{Elseworld}} version of Hank [=McCoy=] in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}: ''Comicbook/XMen: Noir'' does this, in a sort of parody of the mainstream incarnation's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.

* [[GreenLantern Larfleeze]], largely because he's a PsychopathicManchild who's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
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* [[GreenLantern [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Larfleeze]], largely because he's a PsychopathicManchild who's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
7th Oct '15 3:58:29 PM nombretomado
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* Characters/BugsBunny occasionally indulges in this "stragedy", particularly when confronted with a "huge Frankincense monster" that means to render him "non compus mentus".
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* Characters/BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny occasionally indulges in this "stragedy", particularly when confronted with a "huge Frankincense monster" that means to render him "non compus mentus".
3rd Oct '15 9:52:37 AM nombretomado
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* Mrs. Slocombe of ''AreYouBeingServed'' was frequently prone to this, including in one of her {{catchphrase}}s ("And I am unanimous in that").
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* Mrs. Slocombe of ''AreYouBeingServed'' ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' was frequently prone to this, including in one of her {{catchphrase}}s ("And I am unanimous in that").

* The police version mentioned under Real Life is displayed by Dave, a police officer in ''ParksAndRecreation'', especially in [[{{flanderization}} his second appearance]] on the show. His "talking head" segments are delivered like police reports, and in general, he has a tendency toward malapropisms and using PerfectlyCromulentWord(s).
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* The police version mentioned under Real Life is displayed by Dave, a police officer in ''ParksAndRecreation'', ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', especially in [[{{flanderization}} his second appearance]] on the show. His "talking head" segments are delivered like police reports, and in general, he has a tendency toward malapropisms and using PerfectlyCromulentWord(s).
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