take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
When I went to that party, I was
abducted by aliens.
act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
High schoolers in general are encouraged to abstain from alcohol, pre-marital sex, and other vices like smoking.
High—Home of the Trojans” didn’t send a strong
abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils.
be a mystery or bewildering to
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
The news-team anchor- dude
bellows, “Five dead in house fire!
a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
The only things that were really mine were my stuffed-rabbit collection from when I was a little kid and my
marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences
Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other.
decorate with needlework
I predict skirts with geese and white blouses with
embroidered ducks on the collar.
straying from the right course or from accepted standards
Principal Principal spots another
errant student in the hall.
a dissenting clique
Think of "faction" like a fraction -- a clique, division, or group.
Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival
run away quickly
This broken ball could be used to express such powerful visions—you could paint a picture of it with people
fleeing from the hole, with a wet-muzzled dog chewing Alaska—the opportunities are endless.
state of violent mental agitation
In a post-Halloween
frenzy, the school board has come out against calling us the Devils.
unusual mental ability
Me: “You are a decorating
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
humble testament to suburbia, or terminal geek gear?
not prominent or readily noticeable
Everyone can see something "conspicuous," but if we do not want to be seen, we work to be "inconspicuous."
And it gives me time to scan the cafeteria for a friendly face or an
protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
Insulated lunch bags—hip way to save the planet, or sign of an overinvolved mother?
the time between one event, process, or period and another
interim reports came today.
formal systematic questioning
After last night’s
interrogation, I try to pay attention in biology.
made timid or fearful as by threats
I shouldn’t be
violent and needless disturbance
We will wander underneath them and commit mild acts of
offensive to the mind
Profanity is made of obscene words.
The engine clanks, which makes the guys in the back holler something
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
Often, a "potpourri" contains random items to produce a fragrant smell.
I want to smuggle in a blanket and some
(often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of
A "pseudonym" is a name an author uses as a pen name instead of his own name.
pseudo-friend, disposable friend.
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
A "rally" consists of a gathering of people called to encourage a team or team effort.
Not only is the Homecoming pep
rally going to spring me from algebra, it will be a great time to clean up my closet.
gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
You hear so many
of brown with a reddish tinge
They favor plaid for autumn with matching sweaters in colors named after fruit, like apricot and
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
An "idiot savant" is a person considered to have a mental handicap, yet has particular ability in a subject matter (like math) or a brilliance in an area (like memory). "Savant" refers to a scholar.
We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot
Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders.
concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest
Heather hops on the treadmill and resumes
be showy or ostentatious
We traded clothes and
splurged on cheap black wigs.
a quarrel about petty points
squabble about who will answer it.
a theatrical performer
Many schools have a thespian society made up of the drama club.
We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists,
Thespians, Goths, Shredders.
a team representing a college or university
The "varsity" team in a high schools are usually composed with upper class men, juniors and seniors, most often the more experienced players.
I motor so fast out of the lunchroom the track coach would draft me for
varsity if he were around.