This week’s Musing Mondays asks
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Never. I might note it with a sticky tab and look it up later if I wasn’t able to understand its meaning from the context, but I would never stop reading to look a word up.
However, I might well stop to look up a concept or event on Wikipedia, particularly if it is important to the story (eg. the assassination of the human rights activist in The Help, whose name, I am ashamed to admit, escapes me).
I don’t read much non-fiction and I have very little patience for difficult fiction, so I don’t run across all that many unfamiliar words!