I asked her if she thought I had plagiarized, and she said yes, and when I asked her why, she said it was because I was using complicated words that no student could have put into a paper. The word in question: superfluous. My teacher thought I didn't write my own essay because I used the word "superfluous" in my paper, and could not possibly know what that meant. I told her the definition, and insisted that it wasn't that complicated a word.
So guys, what do you think? Is "superfluous" an overly complicated word for a high school AP student to use, or am I just crazy? Have you ever had to dumb down your grammar for anyone in authority?