Using words to show-off a person's education is silly and pretentious. If the document is not technical, scientific, or educational, what's the purpose of using words only to show-off? Informational articles are just that. . . Articles written to offer information on a subject or topic, not the writer's educational background. It is like defining a word with a definition that is incomprehensible. Duh!
I recently had an editing project. The information was written for beginner reading level through maybe 14 years of age. I found myself looking up some of the words and then took a baseball bat and hit myself in the head saying – “What is this all about?” I called the author up and asked what was going on? I explained that the children wouldn’t know the meaning of many words in the book. I was told that the author wanted to teach children new words. Back on my soapbox, I exclaimed, but they are children and these are words you learn and use at a college, not elementary school. Many of the children who will be reading the book are just learning to read and write, and young teenage level reading does not include words like euphemistically, accolades, and adulation, or exuberantly and emanating. These are words for teenagers, not kindergarten youngsters.
Of course, I was told I was wrong. Guess I’m just a big dummy, although I’m from the “Dick and Jane” era, and loved every Dick and Jane story I read. Of course, that accounts for my love and admiration for my second husband, Dick.