Many times I have been told not to use larger words in my work. Why? Because people who read it don't understand them and have to look them up. Granted, a writer shouldn't go overboard with larger words that would bog down his piece and obstruct the flow. (Which I take great pains to avoid doing) However, wouldn't having a scattering of 'larger' words throughout the book in order to enhance it also enhance our readers' minds in the process? Don't we, when we are younger, learn larger and more sophisticated words through context and/or looking them up? Why should we not have to do that in our adulthood as well? Why are so many adults fixated on only knowing the words that they know, and feel that 'having to look something up' or discerning what a word means through context would somehow diminish their worth and the pleasure they should derive from reading a well-written piece? Some people are always happy to look up unfamiliar words they've encountered in books that they read. Wouldn't it be considered contributing to one's intelligence--and indicate a refusal to join the 'dumbing-down' of society--to do so?