Using rictus in a sentence just makes 99% of readers say "What".
That said, I just love the works of William F Buckley Jr.
You read Buckley with a dictionary close at hand.
I once watched Buckley debate Allan Lowenstein. They were dropping big words every sentence!
As a kid in college, I watched *Firing Line* w/ a yellow legal pad; jotting down words I had never heard used before; and looked them up later. Often it was like listening to a foreign language. To get the *gist* of what was being said. :)
Greatest joy in watching WFB rip Gore Vidal a new one. And *Airborne* and *Atlantic High* were influential in my brother and me learning to sail and love Celestial Navigation.
On a lighter note, the WFTD on FR is a close cousin to Buckley. And William Safire can be mentioned fondly and reverently in the same breath. Icons of verbiage.