O: Writers and readers love words. Some people use them with more talent than others. Some people know many more words than others. There are lots of them to chose from. The Oxford English Dictionary, OED, lists more than 400,000 words on its 22,000 pages. All those words fill up twenty volumes and may represent only half of the words we use. That's a big vocab list.
Does anyone know all those words and their definition? It would certainly be a study to last a lifetime and to make it a real challenge, new words are added all the time. But reading and studying a dictionary would be a rather dry endeavor. It's the arrangement and selection of words that make reading interesting. Every person has their own way of turning a phrase to express the emotion they wish to share or to pass on information to another. We call that voice, but that's an entirely different subject.
So do you keep a dictionary close by when you write and read? Do you think you have command over a large vocabulary? Have you read anything recently that challenged your word knowledge?