inkhorn term


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inkhorn term

An obscure term from another language (most often Latin or Greek), typically used in an attempt to highlight the speaker's intelligence. I can't stand that guy and his inkhorn terms—I feel like I need to have a dictionary on hand just to talk to him!
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Both Wilson and Furetiere also waffle on the issue of inkhorn terms.
McAlindon observes that the debate about inkhorn terms is always part of the discussion of decorum in the Renaissance (13).