Only, please don’t use big words…unless you know their definition. It’s not that I don’t know or like ‘big’ words, I just don’t like listening to someone who misuses them. Yes, some words sound smart and may make you feel like you are Einstein, but know your word (meaning) and how to use it (please) before your mouth spouts it out. If used improperly, you end up sounding rather…silly. Seriously. I am a writer and a word geek. I’d much rather hear or read someone use two sentences to get a point across than to try to use one word that they have absolutely no clue what it means. No, I don’t correct them (unless I’m editing for them), but I do cringe (or twitch). People who use big words are not smarter nor do they sound smarter and really, what is a ‘big’ word? Well, to be honest, I’m not quite certain. I don’t imagine that it’s just the length of the word that causes it to be big. I have said five letter words and had to define them before. I’ve even looked up six letter words. Perhaps, it’s the familiarity? I pick up words from conversations/reading and sometimes use them unintentionally so I’m willing to believe that others do as well. The one difference is that I also pick up the definition/meaning as well. If I run across a word that I am unfamiliar with (be it reading or conversation) and I have even the slightest question as to its meaning, then I will look it up to be certain before I use it.
Words can be powerful tools, but only if you know how to use them properly.