Entry: precocity (n.)
Definition: The quality of being precocious; early maturity, esp. an unusual degree of advancement in some capacity; premature development.
Other: Great word! Also a source of deep and likely unresolved lexical anguish on the part of your blogger.
At one point in junior or senior high, I was reading part of a story aloud to the rest of the class. I didn’t recognize precocious and mispronounced it as precious. The teacher stopped and corrected me, to at least a few laughs.
And it strikes me that I’ve probably overimagined almost the entire scenario. I’m always very conscious of pronunciation and my shortcomings therein; some of this I think, comes from, precocious.
SNOOT score: 2
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, bad memories