One of the major problems I face with my drama team is that they are barely literate. When I pass out a new sketch the read through is brutal. Here are some of the words that caused a problem tonight: elated, status quo, perplexed, inspiring, unnerved, longevity, prognosis, angelic, fodder, and colliding. These words weren’t just words that they had a hard time reading they were words that these guys didn’t know. I spent half of the night not working on acting, but giving a vocabulary lesson. It is very frustrating.
Of course the worst part is when I told the guy that elated meant very happy he said, "Why can’t I just say very happy?" Why? Because words have power and you should know words that paint the picture of how you feel and what you are thinking. That is what I wanted to say, but by that time I was so tired I just said "Say they word and don’t worry about it." UGH!