Use of words more numerous and elaborate than necessary, such as institution of higher learning
, and partake of solid nourishment
Pretentious diction usually has no place in good writing unless for ironic or humorous effect: H.L. Mencken delighted in the hifalutin use of tonsorial studio instead of barber shop. Still, any diction may be the right diction for a certain occasion: The choice of words depends on a writer's purpose and audience.