The waning use of big words comes from a lack of willingness to learn what they mean.
Usage then fades into phrases of three to five words that mean the same thing as one, and prose then becomes a less descriptive way for writers to get to the point.
- Problem? No. Not in today’s world where readers would rather fart and have fun than think and learn.
- Bothersome? Yes. Most bothersome as reading to learn is no longer seen as fun because it requires deep thought.
- Harmful? Possibly. Especially when those who use big words don’t understand what they mean.