It's not like I think I have the greatest vocabulary in the world, OK? I had to look up words when I was reading Mating. I get confused, still, about the term hermeneutics.
But my vocabulary isn't shabby. Or at least I thought it wasn't shabby. I mean, maybe I don't always pronounce them right, in the long proud history of people who prefer reading to either listening or talking, but I do know pretty many words. (Though I must admit, I'm feeling somewhat less confident as I write this, given the tale I have to tell and the utter pedestrian-ness [oh crap, that's not even a word] of the words I'm using to tell it. Oh well.)
My confidence (hubris?) was destroyed this past weekend. I was checking over the homework. In what can now only be viewed as an unforgivably condescending manner, I alerted Diana to a misspelling. "Here you say, 'She was scrying and then….' Did you mean descrying? Or crying?" You'll have to supply my facial expression, which basically expressed retrospectively unbearable superior complacency, my calm sureness.
"No, I meant scrying. You know, foretelling the future, usually with a crystal ball?"
It's not in the online Merriam Websters, because that's abridged, OK? You can find it in the OED.
And she didn't even crow about it! Instead she said "I guess that's what happens when you read WAY too much fantasy." No rubbing it in, no attitude. Just an embarrassed parent (I remember when I taught you uxorious!).
Don't get me wrong, I am glad to know the word. It's just that I am prepared for her to outpace me height-wise, you know? But know more words? Why didn't I see this coming?
Reading is sort of amazing, you know?
UPDATE: also, I meant to ask, do you guys all know this word? Did you all learn it and not tell me or something?