I know the SWR topic gets a lot of debate here, but given that the things exist, I am asking for a best practice in a particular set of cases.
Quintilian said something like "the goal of communication should not be merely to be understood, but to make it impossible to be misunderstood." More recently, Randall Munroe in his new book has taught us that sometimes the best thing to say is "techtonic plate" but other times "the big slowly moving flat rock that we live on" is better.
Suppose someone comes here to ask "What is a single word for 'using big words when small ones will do'?" I know that sesquipedalian is a perfectly reasonable answer. But I also know that if the OP uses this word in the context she describes, she will sound arrogant, pompous, pretentious, or worse. She is also likely to not be understood by her audience, and violate Quintilian's advice.
I offer as one example this question. There are two good answers, and each deserves the up-votes it has. But a comment by @Necreaux to one answer is an excellent summation:
While perspicacious is good, it is a word that may not be understand [sic] by many and could sound pretentious. Depending on the audience it might not be a viable option.
My own belief is that the four-word phrasing in the question is far better than any one word could ever be. Should I add this as an answer, with this explanation?