If you entered into a conversation with someone who clearly dosent use "big words" would you continue to use them and hope they understood what they meant, or would you grope for a word they would understand better and risk patronising them?
Parents of a boy in my area are the "brightest" of the bunch (nor am i for that matter) but i was talking to them about general childrearing and doing the usual note comparing. I recounted i book i am reading at the moment and said it was "indicative" of some such or other. I knew straight away by the look on their faces, they thought i was being "snooty". Argh.
I was watching a game show out of boredom last saturday night ( i think it was the lotto show) the woman was asked how many people were at the last supper. She said 40. I dont know, i havent read the bible in its entirety either, but people's general knowledge and literacy is grossly affected today by not reading books. They are losing language. ( i should talk, having watched such crap on tv as i have)
Totally agree Mud!
I have to say I am well read, have ALWAYS loved books, and as such I think I have a pretty good vocabulary.
And I cannot stand it when I am talking with someone and they come out with "oooh, long words"... or some such crap! As if you're not allowed to use long words!!!
I have a friend who isn't less literate per se... she just doesn't have the biggest vocabulary in the world, but she knows that and is fine with it. I often have to sit and explain what words mean to her! But we have a good laugh over it and hopefully she remembers some of them!