Tell it like it is

This word reminds me of the character Obelix from the comic book series Asterix.

The word I came across is “obelisk” but who would use it? I saw it used in a novelization of a film. But if novelizations require simple words, why was obelisk included in this novel’s repertoire of words? In fact, there were several ‘big words’ in this novelization. It’s just that they could have said “a tapering stone pillar” and if tapering was too much, explain it even simpler. Obelisk means a tapering stone pillar so tell it like it is.


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