What is up with words like “perplexidly”? Listen, there are things that people purporting to be writers should know and one of those things is adverbs and another is how adverbs work.
Just tossing an “ly” on any old word will not make it an adverb. I am sorry, it is a nice try, but it will not. [I know this because I had grandmothers who taught English and they got strict about stuff like this.] And, if you do it anyway and somehow do mutate a perfectly innocent word like perplex into some strange new aberrant adverb, pay attention to what you are affecting there :
[Verb. Adverb. Notice “verb” is in both of those. That is a nifty clue.]
What this all means to some of the people I have been reading in the Nicholl competition is, if some guy walks across a quad “perplexidly,” that sentence does not mean the guy is perplexed, that sentence means the walk is perplexed. Because “perplexidly” is a mutant faux adverb.
I only bring this up because I am sure seeing a lot of perplexidlies in scripts I am reading.