Study Guide

Ordinary People Tough-o-Meter

By Judith Guest

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base Camp

Ordinary peopledon't say "lackadaisical" when they can settle for "lazy." Ordinary words will do just fine; no need to get fancy. And the ordinary people of Ordinary People have ordinary vocabularies. While the emotional aspect might leave you agitated, overwrought, or in disarray (i.e., upset), the words themselves are easy to read and understand. Even the pop culture references—like Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers—are still relevant today. This book might just be illimitable. We mean amaranthine. No, immemorial. Okay, we'll settle for timeless.