"How come you know a lot of words?" is something that's been asked of me before.
I don't know that I even do know a lot of words but the only possible reason I can think that I know more than my fair share is down to the reading that I've been doing all my life.
So much reading.
I was the Virgin Mary in my Sunday School's Nativity Play once. I came out with Jesus under one arm and a book under the other and apparently hesitated whilst deciding whether the baby or the book should go in the crib first.
Books are good innit. They have the words and the sentences and when you read them, you learn the words and you know how to use them in sentences.
I have a shining example of what happens when you do not read that I would like to share with you.
My best friend works for a company that sells things. (I'm being deliberately vague, I don't just not know my friend). They received a comment from an angry customer who had ordered something which hadn't turned up/the wrong thing had been delivered - the details are not important.
In his long and badly written complaint there was little sentence structure, barely any grammar and I suspected that he did not have a great command of the English language. "Hesitate" was spelled "hesetate" for instance.
This suspicion was confirmed to me when I got near to the end of his complaint. He wanted to let this company know just how much trouble they had caused him. He could have played it safe and said "You've caused me a lot of trouble" but no no no. This guy was aiming big. He wanted them to know what an upheaval they'd caused.
You know that word? Upheaval.
He didn't spell it that way.
He didn't even spell it "upheavel".
No. This guy. This guy. Spelled it....
...are you ready?
No I am most certainly not kidding. I don't joke about spelling kids.
And just in case you think he meant something else, this is the part of the sentence in which I found this gem - "...the up evil iv had to face"
(Let's not start on the fact that the I is not capitalised or should have an e on the end of it, or indeed is missing an apostrophe - we have bigger problems here folks.)
This is what happens when you don't read books. He had the context completely right, he was using the word in the correct way, he has just clearly never ever ever actually seen the word "upheaval" written down.
The mind boggles.