After years of struggling with a pocket dictionary and looking up spellings at dubious online dictionaries I've finally broken down and bought myself a proper dictionary.
It's a huge monster of a thing. You need a crane to lift it and it's full of words that no one could possibly ever need to know about unless they wanted to appear in Spellbound 2: Attack of the Adjectives.
The temptation now is to do an H.P. Lovecraft and use all these exotic words for no reason other than to show off.
Don't worry, I'll do my best to remain true to my cat-sat-on-the-mat writing style :-)