sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
But he was so boring and monotonous that he was only teaching us how to sleep with our eyes open.
a particular functioning condition or arrangement
I’m in my Zen mode, trying to make this whole thing a spiritual experience.
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
I can pick up on subtle clues.
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
Penelope gorges on her pain and then throws it up and flushes it away.
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
The girl has an ego.
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
“Kid, if you get my daughter pregnant, if you make some charcoal babies, I’m going to disown her.
characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
I wanted to make fun of her, but she was so earnest.
pulled or drawn tight
Her leg muscles were stretched and taut.
squeeze together tightly
And then Penelope clenched a fist and shouted, “Yes!”
extreme physical pain
They’re damsels in distress.”
affecting things past
It’s so retroactive that it’s radioactive!”
(usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
And I imagined that every girl was immediately breathless and horny at the sight of my bell-bottom slacks.
a reminder of past events
A photograph would be just a lame souvenir.
feeling great rapture or delight
Penelope was ecstatic about the idea.
next to the last
Roger’s nickname for Penelope was Penultimate.
characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions
The Reardan lads were so worried about grades and sports and THEIR FUTURES that they sometimes acted like repressed middle-aged business dudes with cell phones stuck in their small intestines.
with the order reversed
So quick guards had to guard power forwards, and vice versa.
to compel or deter by or as if by threats
And he was trying to intimidate me.
marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea
When our bus pulled into the high school parking lot, we were greeted by some rabid elementary school kids.
attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
They pelted our bus with snowballs.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
It was a fricking awesome display of contempt.
look at with a fixed gaze
And he glared at me.
harass with persistent criticism or carping
They taunted me as I walked into the locker room.
a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”
very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
With an epic hangover, he just lay on his bed for hours.