History Main / SesquipedalianLoquaciousness

19th Feb '18 3:00:30 PM margdean56
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* Novelist [[Literature/DeathInVenice Thomas]] [[Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}} Mann]] was, depending on your point of view, famed or notorious for his long and complex sentences. It was joked that for him and his admirers a German sentence less than a half-page long was no proper sentence. For instance, the first sentence of Mann's ''Literature/ConfessionsOfFelixKrull'' consists of 72 words in the original German. However, when Mann gave a public reading it was very easy to keep track of what he was trying to bring across. Creator/LeoTolstoy was a big influence on Mann's work, and that is probably at least a partial explanation, since this trope shows up often in Tolstoy's works, too.

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* Novelist [[Literature/DeathInVenice Thomas]] [[Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}} Mann]] was, depending on your point of view, famed or notorious for his long and complex sentences. It was joked that for him and his admirers a German sentence less than a half-page long was no proper sentence. For instance, the first sentence of Mann's ''Literature/ConfessionsOfFelixKrull'' consists of 72 words in the original German. However, when Mann gave a public reading it was very easy to keep track of what he was trying to bring get across. Creator/LeoTolstoy was a big influence on Mann's work, and that is probably at least a partial explanation, since this trope shows up often in Tolstoy's works, too.



* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the first Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote novel ''The Missing Bike Knows''. When Aya introduces herself in front of the boys of the Special Class (and take a swipe on Wakatake), she decided to show off her strength in Japanese language that the teacher told the whole class moments earlier. She does it by dropping [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yojijukugo yojijukugo]], four-kanji idioms of Chinese origin, that accurately describes the four boys. These idioms were cut in the anime adaptation, making viewers scratching their heads as for why Kuroki immediately gave her the RedBaron of "the language expert."

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the first Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote novel ''The Missing Bike Knows''. When Aya introduces herself in front of the boys of the Special Class (and take takes a swipe on at Wakatake), she decided decides to show off her strength in Japanese language that the teacher told the whole class about moments earlier. She does it by dropping [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yojijukugo yojijukugo]], four-kanji idioms of Chinese origin, that accurately describes describe the four boys. These idioms were cut in the anime adaptation, making leaving viewers scratching their heads as for to why Kuroki immediately gave her the RedBaron of "the language expert."



* In ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'', Professor Porter considers using the term "lion" rather than "quadruped of the genus FELIS" to be ''slang''. Eventually his secretary, Mr Philander, complains about his overly fussy attitide, and the professor replies ""Look here, Skinny Philander, if you are lookin' for a scrap, peel off your coat and come on down on the ground, and I'll punch your head just as I did sixty years ago in the alley back of Porky Evans' barn." Philander is relieved that his old friend is still there under all the pomp.

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* In ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'', Professor Porter considers that using the term "lion" rather than "quadruped of the genus FELIS" to be ''slang''. Eventually his secretary, Mr Philander, complains about his overly fussy attitide, and the professor replies ""Look "Look here, Skinny Philander, if you are lookin' for a scrap, peel off your coat and come on down on the ground, and I'll punch your head just as I did sixty years ago in the alley back of Porky Evans' barn." Philander is relieved that his old friend is still there under all the pomp.
19th Feb '18 2:53:43 PM margdean56
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* Pretty much anything written by StephenDonaldson tends to veer into this trope at times:

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* Pretty much anything written by StephenDonaldson Creator/StephenRDonaldson tends to veer into this trope at times:
19th Feb '18 2:50:19 PM margdean56
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* Walter "Ramses" Emerson in Elizabeth Peters' ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' series tends to embody this trope through his younger years, though he (mostly) grows out of it by around age 20, as stated by Amelia in "Guardian of the Horizon". Amelia herself could actually fit this trope in many regards, although it may be more her old-fashioned manner of narration than excessive verbosity.

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* Walter "Ramses" Emerson in Elizabeth Peters' ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' series tends to embody this trope through his younger years, though he (mostly) grows out of it by around age 20, as stated by Amelia in "Guardian ''Guardian of the Horizon".Horizon''. Amelia herself could actually fit this trope in many regards, although it may be more her old-fashioned manner of narration than excessive verbosity.



* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': There's a heroic example with Mr. Ibis, which makes sense, since he's Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom. The protagonist, Shadow does this occasionally, in moments indicating that he's a GeniusBruiser and not just DumbMuscle (i.e. referring to sleight-of-the-hand magic as prestidigitation).

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* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': There's a heroic example with Mr. Ibis, which makes sense, since he's Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom. The protagonist, protagonist Shadow does this occasionally, in moments indicating that he's a GeniusBruiser and not just DumbMuscle (i.e. referring to sleight-of-the-hand sleight-of-hand magic as prestidigitation).



* This trait is quite common among Creator/JackVance characters, generally as a sugar-coating on their jerkass behavior. Note that V, the former page image is a character from a webcomic inspired by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', a series which itself was inspired by Vance's writings.

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* This trait is quite common among Creator/JackVance characters, generally as a sugar-coating on their jerkass behavior. Note that V, the former page image image, is a character from a webcomic inspired by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', a series which itself was inspired by Vance's writings.
19th Feb '18 2:41:36 PM margdean56
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The {{Narcissist}}, TheParanoiac, and other less-than-pleasant personalities may engage in this as well, often to try and convince others - or themselves - that they are smarter than most people. On a more sinister level, it can also be used as a form of verbal {{Gaslighting}}, in order to confuse, swamp, and manipulate the receiver so that a particular end may be met. The ConMan sometimes makes use of this trope too when passing off as a professional or an expert in their apparent "field", duping others into thinking that the only reason they don't understand what he/she is selling is that they are smarter than them or that they can trust them, when in fact they are spouting nonsense and looking to take advantage of their ignorance.

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The {{Narcissist}}, TheParanoiac, and other less-than-pleasant personalities may engage in this as well, often to try and convince others - or themselves - that others--or themselves--that they are smarter than most people. On a more sinister level, it can also be used as a form of verbal {{Gaslighting}}, in order to confuse, swamp, and manipulate the receiver so that a particular end may be met. The ConMan sometimes makes use of this trope too when passing off as a professional or an expert in their apparent "field", duping others into thinking that the only reason they don't understand what he/she is selling is that they are smarter than them or that they can trust them, when in fact they are spouting nonsense and looking to take advantage of their ignorance.



* French comic book ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' could have practically defined this trope. The [[CharacterTitle hero]] , a fat ''bourgeois'', as well as most of his entourage, adds verbosity to pedantry and pretentiousness to gullibility in an [[HurricaneOfEuphemisms incredible]] [[HurricaneOfPuns verbal]] [[LanguageTropes creativeness]].

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* French comic book ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' could have practically defined this trope. The [[CharacterTitle hero]] , hero]], a fat ''bourgeois'', as well as most of his entourage, adds verbosity to pedantry and pretentiousness to gullibility in an [[HurricaneOfEuphemisms incredible]] [[HurricaneOfPuns verbal]] [[LanguageTropes creativeness]].
18th Feb '18 10:29:38 AM ButterTub
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-->'''Krauss:''' Shoot it in ze central ganglion!\\
'''Hellboy:''' What?\\
'''Krauss:''' Ze central ganglion... Shoot it in ze head!

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-->'''Krauss:''' Shoot You must shoot it in ze central energy ganglion!\\
'''Hellboy:''' What?\\
The what?\\
'''Krauss:''' Ze central ganglion... energy ganglion! Scheisse. Ze head! Shoot it in ze head!
7th Feb '18 2:27:05 PM HeroGal2347
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* Megabyte Beagle on two occasions in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' TV movie[[note]]later shown in the actual series as a 5-part episode[[/note]] ''Super Ducktales''. On both, he would eventually be told to "say it in Beagle talk".

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* Megabyte Beagle on two occasions in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' TV movie[[note]]later shown in the actual series as a 5-part episode[[/note]] ''Super Ducktales''.[=DuckTales=]''. On both, he would eventually be told to "say it in Beagle talk".
28th Jan '18 11:34:01 AM RobTan
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* Stewart PEarson in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is a political media strategist, who seems to have absolutely no communication skills, and whose speech consists entirely of buzzwords and nonsense. In the penultimate episode, it's revealed that he isn't doing this on purpose, he really thinks he's speaking in plain English, and using simple words and clear phrases requires real physical effort on his part.
25th Jan '18 7:27:10 AM Derkhan
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* Tehol Beddict of ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' does this as his traditional mode of parlance.

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* Tehol Beddict of Kruppe from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' does this as ''loves'' to talk in long-winded, complicated sentences stuffed full of words his traditional mode immediate audience is likely to trip over. He also talks in [[ThirdPersonPerson the third person about himself]]. Several characters tend to zone out as soon as he opens his mouth. It is part of parlance.his ObfuscatingStupidity act, though.
22nd Jan '18 7:43:22 AM memememememe
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* Was an EnforcedTrope whenever there was a "Minimum Word Count" for an extended academic research thesis. However, instead, students focused on putting as much fancy new words from the thesaurus as much as possible without getting the main idea of the thesis across. IMRAD was specifically created to eliminate these forms of sophistry through the use of BeigeProse, on-the-point style of writing, and elimination of unnecessary literary decor as to not distract from the main idea of the Thesis. Today, IMRAD-based theses have far lesser word counts and pragmatic vocabulary, while fancy Classical Theses with PurpleProse are, unless from a confirmed Ph.D, the subject of ridicule.

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* Was an EnforcedTrope whenever there was a when universities placed absurdly-high numbers for "Minimum Word Count" for during an extended academic research thesis. However, instead, students focused on putting as much fancy new words from the thesaurus as much as possible without getting the main idea of the thesis across. IMRAD was specifically created to eliminate these forms of sophistry through the use of BeigeProse, on-the-point style of writing, and elimination of unnecessary literary decor as to not distract from the main idea of the Thesis. Today, IMRAD-based theses have far lesser word counts and pragmatic vocabulary, while fancy Classical Theses with PurpleProse are, unless from a confirmed Ph.D, the subject of ridicule.
22nd Jan '18 7:41:53 AM memememememe
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* Was an EnforcedTrope whenever there was a "Minimum Word Count" for an extended academic research thesis. However, the modern prevalence of IMRAD and its focus on BeigeProse have eliminated the stereotype of using fancy but irrelevant words to get the main idea of the thesis.

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* Was an EnforcedTrope whenever there was a "Minimum Word Count" for an extended academic research thesis. However, the modern prevalence of IMRAD and its focus instead, students focused on BeigeProse have eliminated the stereotype of using putting as much fancy but irrelevant new words to get from the thesaurus as much as possible without getting the main idea of the thesis.thesis across. IMRAD was specifically created to eliminate these forms of sophistry through the use of BeigeProse, on-the-point style of writing, and elimination of unnecessary literary decor as to not distract from the main idea of the Thesis. Today, IMRAD-based theses have far lesser word counts and pragmatic vocabulary, while fancy Classical Theses with PurpleProse are, unless from a confirmed Ph.D, the subject of ridicule.
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