As a child, I would love to hear the word “pensive” from others but wasn’t knowing the exact meaning then. My father trained me and my older brother to refer the dictionary every time you hear a new word or you may just go through it and increase your vocabulary.
I liked the idea and followed his advice.
I used to read more of dictionary and less of other books. It was here my father corrected me. He said – “If you do not read, your stock of words is of no use. They will pile-up in your brain and rot. So, put them to good use. Think on a good topic; write on it and let the words flow freely.”
Thinking and writing were new to my senses, but I worked on it.
I failed on many occasions.