ALL of this. Encourage people to try new words, to mess them up, to experiment with vocabulary, to learn complicated adjectives and verbs and nouns, because words are fun.
Also, don’t be a jerk.
AMEN SISTAH. PREACh
Oh my gosh, this is so relevant to me. I grew up reading anything I could get my hands on. I had a college reading level in the fifth grade - and most of the time i’d try to use words i had only read - i knew the word, I knew what it meant, but sometimes I’d say it wrong because I learned to read phonetically.
Encourage your kids, don’t be an ass.