Right, so all the common mass media that regularly use the word titular are hopelessly stilted? I think that's a pretty hard argument to sustain.
You obviously didn't read very carefully, because they never said
that you hadn't read a dictionary. They thought that was a likely hypothesis
, based on the available evidence, but when I pointed out that you'd claimed you had, they made short shrift of my (admittedly half-hearted) defense. And it is a poor defense. I can't defend your position, Eddie, try as I might.
Our quotes are mangled, our examples have been rendered incomprehensible, and the easiest fix is always to simply use markup to make titular reappear. If your goal was to make the wiki less stilted, I have a hard time thinking of a worse approach you could have taken.
I'm also mildly insulted at the suggestion that my natural vocabulary stems from some sort of desire to impress. Sorry, I was raised by writers, and this is just the way I speak. Words like titular are part of my normal, everyday vocabulary, because I was raised in a house where the walls were lined with books and no TV, and we had some of the Bay Area's best SF writers as regular visitors. If my vocabulary is too fancy for TV Tropes, tell me now, and I'll go away, but I don't think I'm capable of dumbing myself down to the level you seem to desire.
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.