Some have found the vocabulary, phrasing, etc. in our reviews to be a bit much. Here’s an alternate viewpoint:
One aspect of his generosity was that he did not simplify himself. This was partly because he sought to influence the influencers — to make conservatism morally and intellectually defensible in the elite circles where it wasn’t. He was after converts in high places.
But he paid the masses the compliment of taking their intellects seriously. He talked to them the way he talked to everyone. He dazzled them with his never-ending vocabulary, and I think this actually helped them understand what he said: They had to make sense of it before reacting.
I’m not comparing us to this writer except to point out that if you see a big word, it’s an invitation to learn it, and by implication, the belief that you can learn it and enjoy seeing it used well.