Is brevity truly the soul of wit…?

It seems anathema to me that our marvelous English Language that has grown from strength to strength to its amazing current status of 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words (and the additional 9,500 derivative words that are likely to be  included as sub entries).
Source: The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary which contains full entries for all the above words.
So why skimp and scrounge with this embarrassment of plenty we have inherited in the way of words that are expressive, obfuscating, long, short, simple, complex, descriptive, emotive, onomatopoeic and …well i guess you get the drift. It’s like owning a dozen pairs of shoes  using  only one pair every day…why have the others at all???

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