My senior of High School I took an AP lit class that Orwell would have hated incredibly. It is the best example of using fancy words for no reason other then to sound intelligent. The example I will use here centers around the word use. We were banned from using use in any of our essays because by using use it was showing everyone we were not properly using our large vocabulary that the teacher had tried to instill in is us by using all of those vocab tests in the previous years. As you can see by frequent using of the word use I was NOT a fan of this dumb rule. Use to me is a perfectly good word that does not detract from the meaning of the sentence when used in instead of its fancier counterparts utilize and employ. In fact it was such a struggle to find replacements for it that my essays were filled with essentially employed or utilized. I felt like it would make my readers think that I was attempting to be an elitist fool and trying to mask errors in my work with fluffed up vocabulary. His only argument that actually held any water when it came to why he banned the word was that the AP graders didn’t like use but still I highly doubt that to this day.
On a more serious note I truly do think that by drawing more attention to the actual words then the meaning is a true crime in writing. I do understand there is certainly a place for higher vocabulary (even that can be argued though) because in many cases the word’s meaning offers a more precise definition of something then the more general and commonly used word. In my example I do not believe this is the case, use has the same meaning as both of those words and their only purpose here was to sound smarter which in fact seems to actually indicated the opposite.