he was surprised that i knew all these words and phrases, and was wondering how i learned them. i told him that i came across all of them while reading. which was true. he agreed that these meanings could be guessed from the context while reading, but was surprised that i could remember each and every one of them.
which is when i realized:
i have an eidetic memory for words.
in fact, while i'm terrible at pronunciation, i'm pretty good at spelling too. if there's a word i can't spell verbally, i'll certainly be able to point out the mistake when i see the word in print. something just won't look right to me.
which reminds me of a recent tweet:
manoeuvre. that's the first word i had to ask my mom the spelling of since I was 13. today. hmmm.
probably an exaggeration, but not by a long stretch.