Big words vs simple words Recently I was reading this story with lots of BIG words. Some reviewers said it was not a good idea to reach a wider audience, but the author defended saying some people do enjoy reading such stories. Personally, I struggle reading them. On the first read I feel so dumb. After flipping the pages of my dictionary many times over, I do finally get all the big words and eventually the story I feel the writer is trying to show off, but, in the end, such writers succeed in making me feel that they are far more intelligent than me. So, do I need to learn big words to write good intelligent stories? I mean, 'apocalyptic' sounds far more intelligent than saying 'end of the world'