break down into components or essential features
David doesn’t bother to
analyze my reluctance.
a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose
assembly, no vote.
a shelter from danger or hardship
It is supposed to bore us into submission or prepare us for an insane
blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion
I think this is part of his punishment for that
bigoted crap he pulled in class.
a large smooth mass of rock detached from a place of origin
There is a
boulder on me.
a summary of intended expenditures
He said hornets better represent the Merryweather spirit than foreign marsupials, plus the Wombat mascot costume was going to suck money from the prom committee’s
the dead body of an animal
Sometimes poor people take the venison for their winter’s meat, but most of the time the
carcasses rot until their skin hangs like ribbons over their bones.
break down, literally or metaphorically
I squeeze my thumb so the blood gathers in a perfect sphere before it
collapses and slides toward the palm of my hand.
an associate that one works with
One of your
colleagues thinks I have an authority problem.
a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
This is my
a difficult problem
Conundrum—a three-point vocab word.
socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
To get a
decent grade in her class, we have to figure out what he was really trying to say.
I can hear myself—I’m mumbling like a
In this case, the speaker compares her behavior to that of a person who is drunk out of her mind.
cut open or cut apart
My face becomes a Picasso sketch, my body slicing into
a serious crime, such as murder or arson
His clothes are a little freaky maybe, but that’s a misdemeanor here, not a
feel about uncertainly or blindly
He sets the coffee on top of his car and
fumbles in his pocket for the keys.
an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure
The moon is asleep and I’m sitting on my porch roof like a frozen
gargoyle, wondering if the sun is going to blow off the world today and sleep in.
produce bud or branches
What seeds need to
germinate: Seeds are inefficient.
living quarters for wives in some Muslim households
She wears a scarf on her head and some brown-and-red gauzy
Harem pants are traditional to Asia, Indian, Middle Eastern cultures.
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
I listen to
jabber from Quebec, a farm report from Minnesota, and a country station in Nashville.
a crime less serious than a felony
His clothes are a little freaky maybe, but that’s a
misdemeanor here, not a felony.
causing disapproval or protest
I look at my canoe feet and my wet,
pull lightly but sharply
Who sits around without a shirt on,
plucking a mandolin?
relating to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
I think it’s some kind of
psychiatric disorder when you have more than one personality in your head.
the general estimation that the public has for a person
She has a choice: she can hang out with me and get the
reputation of being a creepy weirdo who might show up with a gun someday, or she can be a Martha—one of the girls who get good grades, do nice things, and ski well.
pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
I can feel the wind
seep through the glass and penetrate my shirt.
a broken piece of a brittle artifact
They look like lockers, boxes, glass
shards, lips with triangle brown leaves.
an elaborate and systematic plan of action
strategy has changed since I have no friends in the known universe.
the term during which some position is held
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
I even think about
trudging uphill to school.
capable of being wounded or hurt
First off, I don’t go through the line for anything, to avoid that
vulnerable moment of coming out into the lunchroom, that moment when every head lifts and evaluates: friend, enemy, or loser.
showing pensive sadness