My girlfriend asked me if I knew what circumlocution meant from a book she was reading, we had to look it up.
~ the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.
"his admission came after years of circumlocution"
synonyms: periphrasis, discursiveness, long-windedness, verbosity, verbiage, wordiness, prolixity, redundancy, pleonasm, tautology, repetitiveness, repetitiousness
"when you've finished your circumlocution, maybe you could just get to the point"