I'm looking for something similar to "pseudo-profound" or "eloquent poppy cock". I'm thinking of highly inaccurate academic papers and 'scientific' articles. Saying something asinine in a smart way?

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    Fake news! Sad! – NVZ Jul 5 '17 at 10:55
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    Shakespeare thought "The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness..." -- The Merchant of Venice – Yosef Baskin Jul 5 '17 at 18:50

Sophistry, 2:

The practice of a sophist; fallacious reasoning; reasoning sound in appearance only.

Demagoguery, 1:

impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace.

EDIT: In your case sophistry should seem the better choice because the sophists of old studied the laws of logic and reasoning by breaking them in ways imperceptible to the unsuspecting. See also a list of logical fallacies.

  • This answer could be improved with a short explanation of why the OP might choose one or the other of these, and how they apply to the context provided. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 6 '17 at 13:01
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    Easier said than done, Kit. – Ant_222 Jul 6 '17 at 21:04

You could also use: equivocation or circumlocution.


the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication.


the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.

  • The help centre says: 'Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline.' – marcellothearcane Jul 6 '17 at 7:55
  • Oy! Sigh. Okay. I'll make updates tomorrow. Does this not seem a bit ridiculous at times? It's too short, it's too long, not succinct enough, overly verbose, now not enough citations, now too many... Sorry its not a personal jab. No really. Its not. Just seeing a lot of comments about those kinds of things :/ – Kace36 Jul 6 '17 at 9:15
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    yeah, every site is different. We like long answers here :) once you get the hang of it, it's fine! – marcellothearcane Jul 6 '17 at 9:53
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    Guideline: Post enough so the reader is not forced to click on your link to get the essence of what you want to say. Post the link so that a reader who wants to learn more can do so easily. Not necessary to post so much that the reader learns all there is to know about a subject by reading your post -- although sometimes a post does just this, very successfully. – ab2 Jul 6 '17 at 16:33
  • Ping me when you have edited, and I will upvote. – ab2 Jul 6 '17 at 16:35

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