Pseudo-intellectualism is a condition that causes the victim to believe that the more words used to respond to a question, the more intelligent he or she appears. For example, if someone offers you a cup of coffee and asks, "Would you like sugar?" the normal response is either yes or no. However, the pseudo-intellectual might respond with a 15 minute lecture on the economic impact of global warming on the world sugar market. In advanced cases, the victim suffers from the delusion that they have answered the question.
Pseudo-intellectualism should not be confused with its’ nearly identical cousin, "Politicus Craponus". This is a practice that is used in an intentional attempt to totally avoid answering a question. It is employed quite frequently, and very often successfully, by politicians.