Vocabulary is a hobby to me. When someone uses a new word that I am not familiar with, I make a mental note, look it up and familiarize myself with it. I had a great aunt when I was younger that used a very rich vocabulary. I could sit and listen to her talk all day long. She used words like mystic and pinnacle. She described foods as being robust or scintillating.
I took a creative writing class in college. To this day, I think I remember more about that class than I do about any other class that I have taken. Undergraduate or graduate. I remember the guidelines that we were given for using uncommon words, varying sentences and using a thesaurus. I have a thesaurus built into my phone now.
I say all of this, because I now see it transferring to my little ones, especially Toad. He uses words that are completely uncanny for any 15 year old to say, let alone a 6 year old. I have heard him recently use the words boisterous, therefore, scrumptious, dictate, and wallow. I don’t know of another teenage that knows the definitions to those words, let alone uses them. What fascinates me ever more is that he uses the words correctly!
Rich and vibrant vocabulary makes me happy. I smile when people catch what I am doing and choose to follow suit. I enjoy when people find new words and use them and teach them to me. I will readily admit that it is a peculiar and strange little hobby, but how fu is life without a little quirk!