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TQC, I am in an AP Art History class. My teacher is pretty young, and it's her second year teaching it. she's not that great of a teacher and hasn't yet taught us how to write a proper essay for the test. We had an in-class writing assignment about a painting and its historical context, blah blah blah, and she told us today that she was suspicious that some of us had plagiarized work from the internet (we wrote the essays on laptops in class).

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?
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