I love reading and, as a child, my reading was always years ahead of my age.
As a result, I had a pretty good vocabulary from an early age.
The pitfall is that no one is teaching you, so you GET it but you do not necessarily know how to SAY it.
For years the most misleading thing in my life was that I thought MISLED was pronounced MYZILLED. I DID, really, I did but for some reason I had never been conscious of speaking it correctly – my mental autopilot just used it I suppose but I never connected it to my READING misapprehension.
My EUREKA moment came one day when the word MISLEAD occurred in what I was reading. Of course!…the present tense of MISLED that I had heard, understood – and even spoken – so many times, while my brain had persisted with MYZILLED! I looked around guiltily for a moment, as if everyone knew my little secret!
Years later I was listening to a discussion programme and a woman told how her father had always read MISLED as MYZILLED – suddenly I was not alone.