Groak: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.
As a lover of words, nothing tickles me more than seeing words that used to have a life and do no longer. Death and Taxes has a list of 18 obsolete words – (Don’t click there just yet! Read down and do the exercise first.) The website supposes these words should never have gone out of style. I’m not sure I agree on that with all of them, (I think you’ll see why when you click over there) but I sure do agree that these words make for an awesome playwriting exercise.
Fair warning! Some of these obsolete words have a current sexual connotation. If you’re doing this exercise with students, I would present select words to them.
- Review the following words. Decide what their definition is first without seeing what they actually mean. Resistentialism, Zafty, With Squirrel.
- Write a scene in which you use the words based on your own definition.
- Now click over to the site and read their definitions.
- Write a scene in which you use the words based on the original definition.
- Write an inner monologue from the perspective of someone who is Groaking (see above).