strike, usually with the fist
I would have been pummeled.
having a part of the body crippled or disabled
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
And pretty soon, a janitor opened the front door and all of the other kids strolled inside.
move or cause to move energetically or busily
I shoved the paperwork into my backpack and hustled down to my homeroom.
upright in position or posture
I was emotionally erect.
a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds
And yes, I had that stutter and lisp, but I also had that singsong reservation accent that made everything I said sound like a bad poem.
an administrative unit of government
YOU MUST ALWAYS PICK FIGHTS WITH THE SONS AND/OR DAUGHTERS OF ANY INDIANS WHO WORK FOR THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.
an American Indian woman
But I knew I’d have to put a stop to it eventually or I’d always be known as “Chief” or “Tonto” or “Squaw Boy.”
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
And I don’t mean “kill” as in “metaphor.”
to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
Roger the Giant and his gang of giants strutted over to me.
a cruel and brutal fellow
I realized how much of my self-worth, my sense of safety, was based on Rowdy’s fists.
close in time; about to occur
I couldn’t sleep that night because I kept thinking about my impending doom.
I got out of bed at dark-thirty, and rummaged around the kitchen for anything to eat.
having no care or interest in knowing
She was out of my league, and even though I was only twelve, I knew that I’d be one of those guys who always fell in love with the unreachable, ungettable, and uninterested.
a quantity of no importance
change into stone
In geology class, the teacher, Mr. Dodge, was talking about the petrified wood forests near George, Washington, on the Columbia River, and how it was pretty amazing that wood could turn into rock.
expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
Yeah, I was so articulate.
be in contradiction with
They couldn’t believe that I was contradicting a teacher.
marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
We should have all been delirious that she’d moved out of the basement.
(logic) a statement that is necessarily true
“Are you going to bore me with your tautologies all day or are you going to actually say something?”
not able to read or write
I couldn’t ask Gordy because then he’d know I was an illiterate Indian idiot.
“Because your eyes dilated, your breathing rate increased a little bit, and you started to sweat.”
repetition of an act needlessly
“It’s a redundancy.”
withdraw from an organization or communion
One of those towns, called Poison, tried to secede (that means quit, I looked it up) from the rez.