Pronounced (term-paper-itis): a pejorative term used to describe a style of writing typically employed by academic scholars and some students.
The style is marked by long, drawn-out, but grammatically correct sentences, jargon, extraneous words, and generally dry text.
Typical symptoms of term-papertis: When reading the text aloud you may find yourself out of breath, gasping for air and/or your eyes glazing over.
Example of termpaperitis: “In addition to the ancient philosophical legacy of the Yijing that, by association, also permeates the traditional calligraphic script, writing and the characters used in the script came to be endowed with other potent cultural meanings.” –Linda Pickle in An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family
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