The comedian isn’t one whose work I was previously familiar with, but I must say this retelling of The Three Little Pigs is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. (Link will take you to a Youtube video – I would’ve embedded it directly, but it doesn’t seem to work here.) A thought-provoking, as well as entertaining, look at the breadth of vocabulary commonly seen in older books, as opposed to what most people are familiar with today.
The question of which words to use is one that all authors give some thought to, to one degree or another (or should, at any rate!).
No, of course we don’t want to send readers to the dictionary with every other word we use. But I think we could all agree that writers should work to develop their vocabularies, and that a love of words is a definite asset to anyone in the craft, and can enrich our writing considerably.
English is a rich language, and it’s a shame to see the number of words we can assume the average reader will be familiar with dwindling.