Jack Gantos's "Dead End in Norvelt" is a funny take on the typical autobiographical "growing up" novel which includes appearances by a sniper rifle, an obituary column and the Hell's Angels. Eleanor Roosevelt also plays an important role.
"We killed seventy thousand civilians in one atomic blink, and seventy thousand more died a little later on. No nation has ever before been this cruel and
inhumane and killed more people so quickly in the whole bloody history of the world."
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
Now, as I said, these were all poor white people and they should have seen beyond skin color that everyone had their desperation and
poverty in common, as well as the same American dream for a better future for their children.
a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
"Who would have guessed that years later the farm would become a stop for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. And then,” she said excitedly, “who would have further guessed it would be Mrs. White—perhaps a
descendant of those very slaves—who named this new town which was built on equality.”
an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
That was when the two troopers stepped forward and one of them said, “We have an order to take charge of the body and send it to the lab for a full
autopsy. After that we’ll release it back to Mr. Huffer.”
temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death
“No unusual marks on her face,” Miss Volker announced, “other than the bruise from where she fell from the couch to the floor. Her belly’s not swollen. Her legs are contorted but that is just the
rigor mortis having set in.”
“She had high blood pressure, minor diabetes issues, and if you look at her foot you will see that one shoe is partially cut open across the side because she had gout in her foot, and the only way she could get her shoe on was to split the side to
accommodate the swelling.”
Honestly, we never did get along so well as when he was telling me how he knocked off all those ladies. It was
flattering that he killed them for me. He wanted to get them out of the way so my duty to Mrs. Roosevelt would be over and I would be free to run off with him.
Compare with "fuselage" in this list. The two words apply to different types of transportation, but they are nearly synonymous. One main difference is that "hull" can also refer to the outer covering of an object, whether it's a ship, rocket, or nut.
Two red blotches had exploded against the black-and-white movie images and the red paint ran like bloody tears down the face of the screen as torpedoes skimmed across the water toward the
hull of the Bismarck.
Compare with "editorial" in this list. Although the given definitions are identical, the nouns are not used synonymously in the example sentences: "editorial" referred to a specific article that was printed at a particular moment, while "column" refers to a series of related articles published regularly about a specific topic (and the text could be vertically divided from other articles).
If Miss Volker was writing about it for her This Day In History
column it might read: On the morning of August 17, Jack Gantos was released from being grounded by his parents.