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"Silent" Songs !

A couple of days ago, I was conducting a theatre workshop for a bunch of college students. At some point we came to discussing what they liked to do in their spare time. Here's a snippet:

One kid in the workshop: I just love 'silent' songs
Me: You mean soft songs, don't you ?
Kid: No no...silent songs
Me: So, these 'silent' songs...are you actually able to hear them ?
Kid, staring blankly at me: Eh ?

I drew my breath and was about to launch into an explanation about the meaning of 'silent' and its incorrect usage in this case, but suddenly I just felt it was all worthless and exhaled loudly, like a big sigh, and moved to the next person.

Apparently using precise words is a dying art. SIGH !

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