There is a smart high brow individual who insists of using rarely used big/complicated English meanings and Latin phrases in his daily communication to look smarter
I'm looking for a word to describe the behavior or characteristic of this person who uses rarely used meaning/phrases incorrectly or out of context to sound more intelligent but the layman doesn't pick it up. The consensus is this person is highly intelligent by listening to him, although if I examine what he says I disagree. How do I describe this?
John proclaims, I don't agree with Einstein's adhoc theory of relativity. Tony says he agrees with John's view.
John asks Peter, "What's up?" Peter tells John his is sad as his mother passed yesterday. John replies. "I'm sorry. By your ad hominem response I can see how deeply her passing impacted you. Don't let your beneffectance get you down." Tony says he feels the same way as John.
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