One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his turgid prose’
bombastic, pompous, overblown, overripe, inflated, high-flown, affected, pretentious, grandiose, florid, flowery, ornate, magniloquent, grandiloquent, rhetorical, oratorical, orotund
stodgy, ponderous, laboured, strained, stilted
informal highfalutin, purple, windy
rare tumid, euphuistic, fustian, sesquipedalian, Ossianic
2‘a turgid and fast-moving river’
in spate, in flood
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