the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
Where are you while a person talks to you? What's going on around you during the conversation?
motion of hands or body to emphasize a thought or feeling
What does a person do with her hands and body while she talks to you? What kinds of faces does she make?
move about aimlessly or without any destination
Most of the time we are lost,
drifting along on our own planets.
make clear and comprehensible
The Phonic Ear makes Mrs. Lufton's voice louder, just for me. It even
clarifies her voice—really sharpens it!
induce a state that resembles sleep in
An evil smile crosses our hero's face as she
hypnotizes Laura, aka Super Bossypants, with the Phonic Ear's Vicious Feedback Squeal!
able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
An evil smile crosses our hero's face as she hypnotizes Laura, aka Super Bossypants, with the Phonic Ear's
Vicious Feedback Squeal!
the quality of doing what is right
With the speed of light, our hero hurls the Earmolds of
Virtue at Super Bossypants...
instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
...and ties her up with the Cords of
tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
A dazed Super Bossypants
shudders in terror when she realizes her fate!
provide the means to perform some task
Luckily, the On/Off Switch of Awesomeness
enables our hero to ignore Super Bossypants' pathetic pleas for help!
inspiring mixed contempt and pity
Luckily, the On/Off Switch of Awesomeness enables our hero to ignore Super Bossypants'
pathetic pleas for help!
suitable for a particular person, place, or situation
Urm...I'm not sure these movies are all that
appropriate for you...
causing disapproval or protest
But luckily they are nice enough to tell me what the people on TV are saying...without ever being
obnoxious about it.
pose a series of questions to
The Super Villains
interrogate El Deafo—and torture her with more Somewhere in Time!
approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently
But it's not over yet for El Deafo! She is
accosted by another menacing foe...
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
But it's not over yet for El Deafo! She is accosted by another
At long last, El Deafo faces the mightiest foe of all, the
a state of extreme happiness
Ah, summer. Three months of freedom. Three months of
bliss. Three months of not wearing the Phonic Ear.
an actor who communicates entirely by gesture
But some of the people doing sign language? At me? Some people put on a real show when they start signing—almost like
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
Let's talk about American Sign Language. It's the main language used by deaf people—and it is
vital for their communication with other deaf people and their families and friends.
complicated in structure
Sign language is quite different from spoken English. It's a very rich language—a very
I can't believe that my own mother can't see that I am absolutely
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom
How can El Deafo free herself from the
shackles of this weekly humiliation?
communication intended to induce belief or action
Our hero unleashes her Powers of
unroll, unfold, or spread out
Enraged, El Deafo busts out of the handcuffs...and
unfurls her torpedo-like wrath onto her own mother!
intense anger, usually on an epic scale
Enraged, El Deafo busts out of the handcuffs...and unfurls her torpedo-like
wrath onto her own mother!
misery resulting from affliction
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
By the power of the pinkie, do you swear to join the fight against boredom and loneliness, and to never
swerve from the path of true friendship?
provoke someone to do something through persuasion
Perhaps the all-powerful rosette on my undershirt will
lure my supercrush into my loving arms!
the act of expanding something in apparent size
MEGA-MAGNIFICATION of the ALL-POWERFUL ROSETTE! Behold its astounding beauty!
have a positive impact on
Maybe I can
impress her with my new glasses!
angered at something unjust or wrong
With or without superpowers, I am still El Deafo—and I am
a notable achievement
Our great nation presents this physical fitness award to you, El Deafo, for your remarkable
feats of skill and talent!
I can't believe this! I'm in the fifth grade and I'm
bawling in front of everybody!
feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
Mike sure looks
embarrassed. I wish I could talk to him and make him feel better.
be or do something to a greater degree
Its beauty shall ne'er
surpass that of the one you wear upon your breast!
crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
And now there's so much
static! Mike must have gone farther than the microphone can.
direct one's attention on something
concentrate on anything, not even on what Mrs. Sinklemann is saying.
someone who gives advice about problems
counselor, Mrs. Catawba, is going to visit us this morning.