there is a word, or perhaps a type of comedy, where simple things are described using terms that are correct but needlessly complicated or absurd for various effects. I am reminded by comics from nathanwpyle on Reddit and twitter examples: example one example two other example sources are welcome Edit: possibly tangentially related to observational comedy


If you are looking for a noun to describe such a way to speak or write, there is



a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.

a roundabout expression.


An example: "The driveway was not unlike that military training device known as an obstacle course” is a circumlocution for “The driveway resembled an obstacle course.

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