So the first thing I did was look up the definition of pompous and found these the most useful specifically in regards to writing:
1) Excessively elevated or ornate.
2) Full of high-sounding phrases.
3) Ostentatiously lofty in style.
I must admit my posts are guilty of these sins. I guess I was trying too hard to sound smart and clever instead of worrying about how to get my point across in the simplest way. Upon realizing this I felt a little like Ed Norton’s Character in Fight Club when he explains his concept of the “single-serving friend” to Tyler Durden:
The dwindling daylight seeped through the branches and cast an arabesque filigreed of shadow and light everywhere.