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Books Can Increase Your Vocabulary When you first read War and Peace, you had to use the dictionary a few times to understand the difficult vocabulary that Tolstoy used, but after a while of reading, you got used to that. Therefore, when the time came for you to read Scarlet Letter in school with the rest of your classmates, it wasn’t a nightmare and you actually enjoyed the descriptive digressions by the author. It’s true that people, who read books, have a better grasp on the language than people who don’t. No matter if it’s your native language or not, if you read books, your vocabulary is going to be better than most of the population. Nerds have the canny ability to work words like moro- soph, profligacy and balden- freude into a conversation easily. “If you read books, your vocabulary is going to be better than most of the population.” As a nerd, you might have watched your friends give you blank stares in the middle of the conversation, because you inadvertently start speaking in English, which cannot be understood by non-readers. Your friends might tease you about using heavy words, but for you that’s like a walk in the park. But hey! Whenever they want help on an essay, you are the one they call. Being a reader makes your grasp on the language better. Sometimes it makes you a better storyteller and a better writer, even a poet. Your grasp on the vocabulary means that you are your teacher’s first choice for the school journal. If you are aiming to get into an Ivy League college, writing an essay would not be stressful for you. Sounding smart is not what most nerds have on their mind when they are incorporating diverse and eclectic vocab- ulary into their conversation, but they do so nonetheless, and that makes them stand out from the crowd (in a good way). Reading William Faulkner and Earnest Hemingway, is really going to pay off in the long way. 7