My three-year-old called his sister a miscreant today. I almost fell out of my chair.
ME: Did he just say miscreant?
HUSBAND: Oh, yeah. You've never heard him say that before? They call each other miscreants all the time.
Where did they get it from? Ice Age 2.
So, if you are writing a picture book and you are thinking of limiting your vocabulary, DON'T!
If kids aren't exposed to big words, how are they going to learn them?