When an intelligent speaker wishes to communicate with an intelligent listener, the least number of lucid well-chosen syllables that are employed: the greater the respect.
When an intelligent speaker wishes to confound a stupid listener, the greatest number of obtuse well-chosen syllables that are employed: the greater the effect.
When a speaker purposely adopts obtuse, complex language during communication with an intelligent listener, the reason could be:
(1) the speaker does not understand the meaning of his own words.
(2) the speaker has incorrectly assumed stupidity on the part of the listener.
(3) the speaker despises the listener.
(4) the speaker has no self-confidence.
(5) the speaker is engaging in irony, and assumes the listener realizes this.
A stupid listener is unqualified to distinguish between the above choices.
September 25, 2002
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