Yesterday I read a story that made me want to run to the dictionary several times. I didn't but the strange, long words kept pulling me out of the story.
Granted, the pretentious words were only in the hero's dialogue so that was obviously done on purpose as part of his characterization.
Still, there were so many pretentious words I didn't like him and wondered why the heroine would be interested in such a snooty, boring man.
Yet, I love good dialogue. I love to spice it up with different speech patterns and words for each character.
When I began writing, however, I went overboard with dialogue myself. Too many strange words or saying is worse than too little. If the reader has to go to the dictionary chances are they won't come back. The chances increase each time they must do so. If I'd been reading a novel instead of a very short story, I wouldn't have finished. As it was I was tempted not to.
We walk a tight line writing. We want our dialogue (and everything else) to sing in harmony.
Be mindful of too many pretentious words (or silly words or dialect).
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