Once we hit puberty, we seem to go through a transition. We utilize multi-syllabic confabulations to affect perspicacity and intellect*. This continues through university into working life and results in the epidemic known variously as weasel words, buzzword bingo, jargon monoxide and corporate pig-latin. I’m not against big words, but please use them
judiciously sparingly. Here’s a handy chart, culled from a Quora discussion, of certain words that are the verbal equivalent of nails on a blackboard.
*Translation: We use big words to show off.
Gavin is a founding partner at fassforward consulting group. He blogs about PowerPoint, Presenting, Communication and Message Discipline at makeapowerfulpoint.com. You can follow him on twitter @powerfulpoint.