inspire with confidence
And my mom said a lot of
encouraging things about how I was doing so well this school year and maybe the doctor would help me sort things out.
give or apply, as a medication
Love pats are soft punches of encouragement that are
administered on the knee, shoulder, and arm.
Love pats can be literally administered to help heal the soul, but they are not actually medicines that can be administered with a needle or a pill.
a psychotic disorder characterized by distortions of reality
They said that essentially the drug is twelve hours of
schizophrenia, and if you already have a lot of this brain transmitter, you don’t get out of it.
And it didn’t help that this was the day after I noticed that all the kids were wearing their new Christmas clothes, so I decided to wear my new suit from Patrick to school, and was teased
mercilessly for nine straight hours.
give an incentive for action
I told them what was wrong, which
prompted Patrick to keep asking me if I had a “bad trip.”
affording physical relief
That’s when she gave me the cigarette. When I lit it, I didn’t cough. It actually felt
a psychological state induced by a magical incantation
From there you go, to you’re going to be okay, to you probably should never do acid again, Sam went on to explain what she called “the
made easier to bear
I was so
relieved. I couldn’t really tell if she was happy or sad, but it was enough just to see her and know that she was there.
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
Patrick said that the problem was that since everything has happened already, it makes it hard to break new ground. Nobody can be as big as the Beatles because the Beatles already gave it a “
dulled by surfeit
They are both going to an Ivy League homecoming football game, and they have this debate. The older gentleman is established. The kid is “
"Surfeit" means "the state of being more than full"--someone who is jaded feels a lack of interest and excitement because he has experienced too much of something. According to the debate, "jaded" and "established" would be nearly synonymous, but their tones differ because they apply to people at different stages of their life.
a person or thing equal to another in value or measure
It was especially fun to think that people all over the world were having similar conversations in their
equivalent of the Big Boy.
believing the worst of human nature and motives
I would have told the table that, but they were really having fun being
cynical, and I didn’t want to ruin it.
Compare with "jaded" in this list. They are similar but a "jaded" outlook comes with overuse or overexposure, while a "cynical" disposition is generally negative toward others and is not always based on experience.
He seemed sad when he said it, too, but I decided not to
pry because I thought that would be too personal.
the concluding part of any performance
I got to pretend that I was singing, and I got to dance around, and I got to wear a “feather boa” in the grande
finale, which I wouldn’t have thought anything of because it’s part of the show, but Patrick couldn’t stop talking about it.
a formal entry into an organization or position or office
I think this is the
initiation for new cast members.
the social class between the lower and upper classes
I learned a lot about “objectification,” Native Americans, and the
the study and classification of human societies
The other is for
sociology with a minor concentration in women’s studies.
commodities bought from a foreign country
Then, she took me down to the
import section and told me about “real” alternative music.
shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
It had a fireplace with a
mantel and golf trophies.
a feeling of pride in yourself
My sister said Mary Elizabeth is suffering from low
self-esteem, but I told her that she said the same thing about Sam back in November when she started dating Craig, and Sam is completely different.
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
When I left school that day, I didn’t go home because I just couldn’t talk to her on the phone, and my mother is not a very “
adroit” liar about things like that.
contemplation of things past
retrospect, I probably could not have picked a worse time.
incapable of being put up with
By the time I had knelt down in front of Sam and kissed her, the silence was
overly self-confident or self-assertive
Patrick just smiled
cocky and said, “Of course.”
Compare with "smug" in the list for Part 1. Both are adjectives, but here, "cocky" is used as an adverb to describe how Patrick is smiling.
lacking in energy or will
And to not have to see a psychiatrist, who explains to me about being “
The term "passive aggressive" sounds like an oxymoron because it pairs two words that are usually opposite in meaning. A passive aggressive person is essentially aggressive (as seen in the example sentence for "aggressive" in the list for Part 2), but he has learned to show his anger in less physical ways, such as sarcastic jokes, stubbornness, or deliberate failure to complete required tasks.