by Jim Nelson of the American Associate of Physic Teachers
When coaching people to speak well, the rule of thumb is to say things as simply as possible. Use short words that mean the same thing as their longer counterparts. This article does the opposite: it takes common sayings that we all know and dresses them up to make them more difficult for the lay person to understand.
How many of these can you decode?
1. Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid manikin.
2. Members of an avian species of identical plumage congregate.
3. It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.
4. All articles that coruscate with esplendence are not truly auriferous.
5. Where there are visible vapors having their prevalence in ignited carbonaceous materials, there is conflagration.
6. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of a small green bryophytic plant.
7. Neophyte’s serendipity.
8. Elementary sartorial techniques initially applied preclude repetitive similar action to the square of 3.
9. Surveillance should preclude saltation.
10. Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity.
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