the problem with reading and writing leading to a strong vocabulary is that you tend to know the vibe of words instead of their meanings.

if I used this word in a sentence, would it make sense? absolutely. if you asked me what it meant, could I tell you? absolutely not.

figure out what the word means from context clues while reading -> use the word in a sentence while writing -> realise you’re not actually certain what the word means -> panic about your sentence not making sense even though it hasn’t been pinged as grammatically incorrect -> look up the definition of the word because You Must Know -> it means exactly what you thought it meant -> oh, good! 🙂 -> immediately forget the definition -> repeat forever

why does infinitesimal not mean big? it gives off big vibes!! why does it mean small!?!?!?

because it means ‘infinitely small,’ c’mon now