Copies of the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary at the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mass., on June 18, 2003. (Nathan Martin/AP)

In his May 10 op-ed, “The fine art of governing by groveling,” George F. Will used these words: “oleaginous,” “toadyism,” “obsequiousness,” “lickspittle,” “hosannsas,” “unctiousness,” “mobocratic.”

I had to look them up in the dictionary.

Stephen King, the author, reflected on his craft in “On Writing”: “One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.”

Stephen King (not the author), Potomac