While recently watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee, I was once again astonished at how well pre- and mid-teens are able to spell so well. I have concluded over the years that spelling, along with vocabulary itself, is an artform. Some people have a knack for it and some don’t. An article I ran across during the Spelling Bee caught my attention. Apparently there is at least one group, or coalition, of people who advocate against enhanced vocabulary and the associated use of big words. While I did not investigate this group, I do find it interesting that there are people out there who are outspoken against such a topic. While mankind’s education level is as vast as night is to day, I find it unfortunate that there are advocates who support the dumbing-down of civilization. Maybe I’m way off-base here, maybe not. While I continue writing my first book, I have to ask myself whether certain words are appropriate for the text I am composing. So far, my conclusion has been that dumbing-down the vocabulary in my text most likely will not increase the chance of more people buying and reading my work. Afterall, isn’t our vocabulary a direct result of not only our education but also our habits (or not) of reading books? I’m curious what other people may think about this. Please post a comment if you have one.