the branch of zoology that studies insects
Beatles, who I love, because
entomology is one of my raisons d'être, which is a French expression that I know.
someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
I told him, "I'm a
pacifist," and since most people my age don't know what that means, I turned around and told the others, "I don't think it's right to destroy people's privates.
an identifying word or words by which something is called
I climbed into the front seat and poked the driver's shoulder until he gave me some attention. "What. Is. Your.
Designation." I asked in Stephen Hawking voice.
the act of scouting, especially to gain information
A great game that Dad and I would sometimes play on Sundays was
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
I had the
revelation that I could connect the dots to make "cyborg," and "platypus," and "boobs," and even "Oskar," if you were extremely Chinese.
move in a path described by a body revolving around another
Hawking tells about a famous scientist who was giving a lecture about how the earth
orbits the sun, and the sun
orbits the solar system, and whatever.
worthless material that is to be disposed of
Then a woman in the back of the room raised her hand and said, "What you have told us is
a person who receives support from an influential patron
Can I please be your
relating to using language effectively
'My question was
deserving or inciting pity
To my unborn child: I haven't always been silent, I used to talk and talk and talk and talk, I couldn't keep my mouth shut, the silence overtook me like a cancer, it was one of my first meals in America, I tried to tell the waiter, 'The way you just handed me that knife, that reminds me of – ' but I couldn't finish the sentence, her name wouldn't come, I tried again, it wouldn't come, she was locked inside me, how strange, I thought, how frustrating, how
pathetic, how sad, I took a pen from my p
of the greatest intensity; complete
'And' was the next word I lost, probably because it was so close to her name, what a simple word to say, what a
profound word to lose, I had to say 'ampersand,' which sounded ridiculous, but there it is, 'I'd like a coffee ampersand something sweet,' nobody would choose to be like that.
effort expended in moving one object over another
I would answer, 'Not no,' but then I lost 'no,' I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn't made life wonderful, it's made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the
friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I signify 'book' by peeling open my clapped hands, every book,
denote or connote
I would answer, 'Not no,' but then I lost 'no,' I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn't made life wonderful, it's made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I
signify 'book' by peeling open my clapped hands, every book,
a state of extreme happiness
Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn't the world, it wasn't the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance
bliss, I don't know, but it's so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for
I had to be extremely careful so that I wouldn't
contaminate the evidence, or let Mom know what I was doing, or cut and infect myself, and I found the envelope that the key was in.
a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material
Many words had been removed from the text by a
a manner of speaking natural to a language's native speakers
I wanted to learn
take to be the case or to be true
assumed his hands were so rough from all of the sculptures he used to make.
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
So the Sahara is a
control or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
'It was probably
manipulated in Photoshop,' I said.
a reminder of past events
My brain opened a box with old atlases (where there were two Germanys and one Yugoslavia) and
souvenirs from business trips, like Russian dolls with dolls inside them with dolls inside them with dolls inside themÃ¢Â€Â¦Which of those things had Dad kept for when I had kids?
get or find back; recover the use of
It became difficult to navigate from Something to Something without accidentally walking through Nothing, and when Something – a key, a pen, a pocketwatch – was accidentally left in a Nothing Place, it never could be
retrieved, that was an unspoken rule, like nearly all of our rules have been.
a hypothesis that is taken for granted
The longer your mother and I lived together, the more we took each other's
assumptions for granted, the less was said, the more misunderstood, I'd often remember having designated a space as Nothing when she was sure we had agreed that it was Something, our unspoken agreements led to disagreements, to suffering, I started to undress right in front of her, this was just a few months ago, and she said, 'Thomas!
incapable of being avoided or prevented
Everything was forever fixed, there would be only peace and happiness, it wasn't until last night, our last night together, that the
inevitable question finally arose, I told her, 'Something,' by covering her face with my hands and then lifting them like a marriage veil.
I know, because there was a standing
ovation, which made me feel like one hundred dollars.
having no limits or boundaries in time or space
I knew him, Horatio; a jerk of
infinite stupidity, a most excellent masturbator in the second-floor boys' bathroom – I have proof.
laugh at with contempt and derision
Where be your
gibes now, your gambols, your songs?
light-hearted recreational activity for amusement
Where be your gibes now, your
gambols, your songs?
tending to move away from the middle
characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
'You were being
copy that is not the original
He said, 'It's a
continuing forever or indefinitely
As I walked up, I held the railing tight and started inventing things in my head: air bags for skyscrapers, solar-powered limousines that never had to stop moving, a frictionless,
having the ability to understand
I try to be a
perceptive person who follows the scientific method and is observant, but I hadn't noticed before that the whole bed was completely covered in nails.
emanating or as if emanating light
I explained, 'Because the
radiant heat traveled in straight lines from the explosion, scientists were able to determine the direction toward the hypocenter from a number of different points, by observing the shadows cast by intervening objects.
occurring between events, spaces, or points in time
I explained, 'Because the radiant heat traveled in straight lines from the explosion, scientists were able to determine the direction toward the hypocenter from a number of different points, by observing the shadows cast by
the act of pointing out by name
The shadows gave an
indication of the height of the burst of the bomb, and the diameter of the ball of fire at the instant it was exerting the maximum charring effect.
have and put to use
The shadows gave an indication of the height of the burst of the bomb, and the diameter of the ball of fire at the instant it was
exerting the maximum charring effect.
express or state clearly
Could you please repeat yourself and
enunciate a little bit better.'
heighten or intensify
Mr. Black said, 'If anything, I'm
found in the ordinary course of events
I imagined dozens of homes, some were magical (a clock tower with a stopped clock in a city where time stood still), some were
mundane (a bourgois estate in the country with rose gardens and peacocks), each felt possible and perfec
t, wonder if your mother ever saw them.
the front of a building
We ran out of the cellar, which was flooded with yellow-gray smoke, we didn't recognize anything, I had been on the stoop just half an hour before, and now there was no stoop in front of no house on no street, only fire in every direction, all that remained of our house was a patch of the
facade that stubbornly held up the front door, a horse on fire galloped past, there were burning vehicles and carts with burning refugees, people were screaming, I told my parents I had to go find Anna...
For those few moments that the jumper was in the air, every New Yorker felt
capable of flight.
the act of yielding
This was considered a
concession, although no one knew why a
concession was necessary, or why it was to children that this
concession must be made.
impossible to deny or disprove
'Well, that's good, because there's no
matter that remains after something has been removed
Or maybe it's the
residue of the dreams from that night the park was moved.
any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
But during another attempt, in September 1931, a navy blimp was almost upended, and nearly swept away the celebrities attending the historic affair, while the water
ballast drenched pedestrians several blocks away.
as the end result of a succession or process
The mooring mast idea was
ultimately abandoned, although it was very romantic.'
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
DON'T WORRY! if the sick person's device didn't
detect the device of someone he knew nearby.
pull back or move away or backward
'A millimeter at a time, the Sixth Borough
receded from New York.
go back to a previous state
'The phone and electrical lines snapped, requiring Sixth Boroughers to
revert to old-fashioned technologies, most of which resembled children's toys: they used magnifying glasses to reheat their carry-out; they folded important documents into paper airplanes and threw them from one office building into another; those fireflies in glass jars, which had once been used merely for decorative purposes during the festivals of the leap, were now found in every room of every home, taking the place of ar