the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two
hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.
quick to take offense
touchy about anything like that, especially my father.
very good; of the highest quality
And underneath the guy on the horse's picture, it always says: "Since 1888 we have been molding boys into
splendid, clear-thinking young men."
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
It was the last game of the year, and you were supposed to
commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win.
fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
She probably knew what a
phony slob he was.
a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
I left all the
foils and equipment and stuff on the goddam subway.
expel from a community or group
The whole team
ostracized me the whole way back on the train.
an acute, febrile, highly contagious viral disease
He had the
grippe, and I figured I probably wouldn't see him again till Christmas vacation started.
associated with an educational institution
It has a very good
academic rating, Pencey.
the arrangement of the body and its limbs
I mean he was all stooped over, and he had very terrible
posture, and in class, whenever he dropped a piece of chalk at the blackboard, some guy in the first row always had to get up and pick it up and hand it to him.
a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
I had the
privilege of meeting your mother and dad when they had their little chat with Dr. Thurmer some weeks ago.
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
"You glanced through it, eh?" he said—very
one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
It was a very dirty trick, but I went over and brought it over to him—I didn't have any
alternative or anything.
The Egyptians were an ancient race of Caucasians
residing in one of the northern sections of Africa.
referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned
latter as we all know is the largest continent in the Eastern Hemisphere.
too many to be counted
Modern science would still like to know what the secret ingredients were that the Egyptians used when they wrapped up dead people so that their faces would not rot for
a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef
I live in New York, and I was thinking about the
lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South.
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
"Do you have any particular
qualms about leaving Pencey?"
at risk of experiencing something usually unpleasant
If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm
liable to say I'm going to the opera.
complete and without restriction or qualification
So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym and get my equipment and stuff, that was a
the trade of a funeral director
He made a pot of dough in the
undertaking business after he got out of Pencey.
He was telling us all about what a
swell guy he was, what a hot-shot and all, then all of a sudden this guy sitting in the row in front of me, Edgar Marsalla, laid this terrific fart.
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
It was a very
crude thing to do, in chapel and all, but it was also quite amusing.
a platform raised above the surrounding level
Hardly anybody laughed out loud, and old Ossenburger made out like he didn't even hear it, but old Thurmer, the headmaster, was sitting right next to him on the
rostrum and all, and you could tell he heard it.
required by rule
He didn't say anything then, but the next night he made us have
compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.
lacking culture, especially in language and writing
illiterate, but I read a lot.
markedly different from the usual
He was a very
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
"I think I'm going blind," I said in this very
feel about uncertainly or blindly
groping around in front of me, like a blind guy, but without getting up or anything.
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on another
I was pretty
sadistic with him quite often.
artificially high; above the normal voice range
He started laughing in this very high
having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
conceited, but he's very generous in some things. He really is," I said.
exasperate or irritate
Boy, he could really be
praise somewhat dishonestly
He was only
flattering me, though, because right away he said, "Listen. Are ya gonna write that composition for me? I have to know."
grant freedom to; free from confinement
I had a pretty good half nelson on him. "
Liberate yourself from my viselike grip." I said.
a holding device attached to a workbench
I had a pretty good half nelson on him. "Liberate yourself from my
viselike grip." I said.
disturb, especially by minor irritations
rile him too easily.
a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
Old Brossard was a bridge
fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game.
sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
He started talking in this very
monotonous voice, and picking at all his pimples.
That guy had just about everything. Sinus trouble, pimples, lousy teeth,
halitosis, crumby fingernails.