According to him, his turgid expressions are not intentionally made to mesmerize and mystify his audiences but they flow naturally from the pool of words and phrases he has accumulated through a regular use of the dictionary.
He told Punch newspaper: “I have said it for the umpteenth time that I have never advertently set out to mystify my audience with what you have referred to as esoteric words and I neither studied Latin.
“The truth is that extensive reading is my hobbyhorse and these words and phrases become part of my vocabulary repertoire to use your words. Of course, I have equally posited elsewhere that the dictionary for me is a vade mecum.
“It bears reiteration that my family is already used to my idiolect and I am encouraging my kids along that path but of course you know these things cannot be decreed.