Word to Your Drama

Word to Your Drama

I’m currently reading New Playwriting Strategies (not quite so ‘new’ now; Routledge, 2001) by Paul C. Castagno, which attempts to flesh out one of the more recent aesthetic trends in American playwriting.  Castagno identifies his case studies as ‘the language playwrights’: Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer, and Mac Wellman. More on this book as I continue reading.

For now, given how important language, words in particular, are to playwrights, I thought I’d post some favorite and also newly discovered word-related links:

Schott’s Vocab for the NYT. A Miscellany of Modern Words and Phrases.

Lake Superior State University 2010 List of Banished Words. LSU has been compiling an annual list of overused words since 1977. I have referenced it in the past when teaching to discuss cliches, etymology, neologisms, etc.  (Eek. I have a very nerdy side.)

OED. Invaluable resource! Need university affiliation or access to major library to use it though.

The Online Slang Dictionary.

Urban Dictionary.

The Phrase Finder. Meanings and origins of phrases, sayings, and idioms.

Encyclopedia Mythica.

Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator. (I include this one because while I believe it exists, I still can’t believe it exists.)

One Response to “Word to Your Drama”
  1. Tony Pacise says:

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

    surface encounters

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

  • The Drama Book Shop

%d bloggers like this: