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Use of words more numerous and elaborate than necessary, such as institution of higher learning for college, and partake of solid nourishment for eat.

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.

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