I often get teased for using “big” words on Facebook and in every day conversation. It’s gotten to the point where it’s annoying and seems insulting. I don’t use “big” words to show my intelligence level or to belittle others. Maybe I have a more extensive vocabulary than some people, maybe, but if I do, it’s because I READ. I read a lot. Almost every time I read a new book, I run across a word that is new to me. I always look up words that I don’t know in a dictionary. I have an English degree and have almost completed my Master’s in Library and Information Science. Do you really think I can get degrees in these fields and not be exposed to a lot of words???
I ran across an article on Book Riot today written by college Composition professor, Jessi Lewis. She says that in her experience, her students that read books outside of assigned reading, or for fun, often have better writing skills than their peers who don’t. Lewis says, “…it often feels as though if they missed out on reading at certain points in their lives, it will take lots of catching up to get them back to that golden point of grammar-comfort.” This is true also of expanding your vocabulary. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense.
Lesson of the Day: Pick up a book and read it.