Write how you talk. The purpose of an anecdote is to give the reader a glimpse into your world, not into your over-sized brain. Use conversational speech instead of hundred-dollar words. If you must use big words, make sure they're a part of your story and not a part of your description. For example, it's fine to write, "My mom bought me a word-a-day calendar, so I decided to get my money's worth. Instead of 'good morning,' I began saying 'salutations.' Instead of milk, I asked for 'bovine mammalian lactation.' " However, it's not a good idea to write, "She gave my refractory and olfactory senses a pleasing reaction" rather than "She looked and smelled good."