resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be immeasurable
Your numbers are
Often, the connotation of abysmal is negative, as in "The travelers endured abysmal conditions on the stranded ship."
of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
We pass Raven Cheerleader and
Amber Cheerleader on the way to my bus.
Here, Amber is a girl's name, alluding to a color or stone.
having no known name or identity or known source
We plead with her, send
a social scientist specializing in the study of humanity
from appearances alone
Apparently, beets are Not Good Enough.
offering little or no hope
It started out
bleak—a gutted building along a gray road on a rainy day.
someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea
We can’t be the
Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women.
an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
I dig the
chisel into the block and push, trying to follow the line of a tree trunk.
having a strong belief or conviction
Mr. Neck is
convinced that this is some kind of reverse discrimination.
a reminder for some action or speech
The rest of the Marthas sigh on
affected with madness or insanity
She has a warped sense of humor as well as a
shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way
Ms. Connors did not win a lacrosse scholarship by being
demure or hesitant.
inactive but capable of becoming active
Mount Dad, long
dormant, now considered armed and dangerous.
the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
The boys’ varsity team
In this sentence, the word "dribble" refers to the motion of basketball and also to the way the players slowly trickle into the gym.
the environment as it relates to living organisms
Ecology Club has won round two.
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
I have never heard a more
in imminent threat of extinction
We are no longer the Tigers because the name shows “shocking disrespect” for an
the branch of linguistics that deals with sentence structure
Recently she’s started sneaking
grammar (shudder) into the classroom.
troubled persistently, especially with petty annoyances
harried, rushed mother always turns into a strung-out retail junkie just before Turkey Day.
depriving one of self-esteem
Basketball Pole, aka Brendan Keller, the one who contributed to my mashed-potato-and-gravy
humiliation on the first day of school, stands under the basket.
unable to be read
The other 1,547 votes were write-ins or
Something illegible cannot be read or translated.
movement of persons into a place
Which he does, but in an unpredictable, faintly educational way.
lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
He is threatening to sue the school district and Mr. Neck for everything from
incompetence to civil rights violations.
unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion
As a citizen, and as a student, I am protesting the tone of this lesson as racist,
intolerant, and xenophobic.”
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
The prisoners’ faces are
menacing—you can’t take your eyes off them.
something used to beautify
All I have to do is hang the
the male head of family or tribe
I think Overbearing Eurocentric
Patriarchs would be perfect, but I don’t suggest it.
make brighter and prettier
I hang out in my
the act of keeping something
Heather has stopped eating and complains about fluid
rummage in the bin again and find a half-melted palm tree from a Lego set.
a sound defeat
something with the ability to grasp and hold
Brendan reaches up a skinny octopus
tentacle and casually drops the ball through the hoop.
unknown in advance
Which he does, but in an
unpredictable, faintly educational way.
an act that disregards an agreement or a right
He is threatening to sue the school district and Mr. Neck for everything from incompetence to civil rights
draw back, as with fear or pain
I smell smoke twice,
wince when glass shatters on the floor, and listen in on the other phone to his conversation with the turkey hotline lady.
having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign
As a citizen, and as a student, I am protesting the tone of this lesson as racist, intolerant, and