I love words. I always have. I caught the bug at a very early age. I remember when I was eight years old, reading comic books, I would sometimes come across words I’d never heard of. When I did, I would immediately put the comic down and open the dictionary I had, easily accessible, on a book shelf in my room.
One of the first words I recall discovering this way was “sanctimonious.” It occurred in Fantastic Four # 111, and it was Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) who uttered it. Back then, reading issue after issue of my favorite comic book, I could always count on old Reed to introduce me to new and exciting words.
In school essays, I would occasionally show off, and use some of the intimidating words I’d learned. When I was nine or ten, teachers would comment favorably. They were just happy…
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