Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My comment on the use of pompous and bombastic sentences

Was doing a quick search on the use of pompous English terms "onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance" and I found this.
...The words tumble so fast, enwrapped in alliteration, clogged with onomatopoeia, choked with assonance, bursting with bombast, snarled with metaphor, tangled with simile, submerged in verbiage that the bombarded audience (and reviewer at a critics' preview) missed about three out of every four...
Though the use of such bombastic words may make one sound poetic and of high intellect, everything will just go down the toilet bowl and choked without anyone comprehending them. There is really no point perpetuating elitism by justifying pomposity in the common language. In writing, I strongly feel one should restrain yourself and keep it lean, targeting the common public, especially if the objective is to reach out to the majority public. There's really no point throwing ammunition of torrential vocabulary to create an illusion of intellectual form over substance.

Such "meticulous" use of vocabulary reminds me of "highfalutin" and "astroturfing", used by the two Singapore's Lee's.

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