an unpaid overdue debt
Mam comes back up to Italy and sits by the fire wondering where in God’s name she’ll get the money for a week’s rent never mind the
covered with or smelling of mold
Everything is damp and
musty and Laman Griffin snores over our heads.
safe from harm or desecration
Now I have to look up
inviolate and chastity and all I can find here is that
inviolate means not violated and chastity means chaste and that means pure from unlawful sexual intercourse.
obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
He talks about American history, If the American farmer, with flintlock and musket, could
wrest from the English a continent, surely we, warriors ever, can recover our island.
a mournful poem
He says that this seems to be a poem about England but it is a
lament for the poet’s native land, our own native land, Ireland.
unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
severe he was and stern to view,
I knew him well, and every truant knew.
Full well the busy whisper circling round
dismal tidings when he frowned.
defeat in a competition, race, or conflict
In arguing, too, the parson owned his skill,
For, even though
vanquished, he could argue still
an unsophisticated country person
While words of learned length and thundering sound
Amazed the gazing
rustics ranged around.
having great beauty
Stock your minds and you can move through the world
concise and full of meaning
Pithy, Clarke, but adequate.
strike with an axe; cut down, strike
Mr. O’Halloran tells the class it’s a disgrace that boys like McCourt, Clarke, Kennedy, have to
hew wood and draw water.
force onto another
He is disgusted by this free and independent Ireland that keeps a class system
foisted on us by the English, that we are throwing our talented children on the dungheap.
your usual mood
It has more than a hump. It has a nasty, mean
disposition and its teeth are green with gangrene and it bites.
a blunder that makes you look ridiculous
And what class of a
spectacle you’d be strolling down the street, lopsided in Limerick.
ripen and generate pus
In the Sahara they’ll
fester and rot and fall out of your head.
spot, stain, or pollute
She weeps when she looks down the long dreary vista of time and beholds in horror the spectacle of Limerick boys
defiling themselves, polluting themselves, interfering with themselves, abusing themselves, soiling their young bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Ghost.
gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
Our Lady weeps over these abominations knowing that every time you interfere with yourself you nail to the cross her Beloved Son, that once more you hammer into His dear head the crown of thorns, that you reopen those
be fatally overwhelmed
He wants you with him in hell and know this, that every time you interfere with yourself, every time you
succumb to the vile sin of self-abuse you not only nail Christ to the cross you take another step closer to hell itself.
a bottomless gulf or pit
Retreat from the
remorse for your past conduct
I go to confession and they hiss that I’m not in a proper spirit of
repentance, that if I were I’d give up this hideous sin.
the act of being formally forgiven
Sometimes he falls asleep and I don’t have the heart to wake him up so I go to Communion the next day without penance or
a notice of someone's death
I lick the
obituaries and the sad memorial poems, the sports pages, the market prices of eggs butter and bacon.
not having a job
In the weeks I’m
idle I can do anything I like, get up in the morning, stay in bed, take long walks out the country like my father, wander around Limerick.
a poor and often mischievous city child
If they see me they’ll be running to the woman of the house, Oh, madam, madam, there’s an
urchin beyant that’s makin’ off with all the milk and bread.
a raised mark on the skin
She didn’t want to marry anyone so she prayed to God for help and He caused her eye to melt in her head so that it dribbled down her cheek and left such a great
welt the men of Ireland lost interest.
walk or tramp about
They sailed around for awhile and
traipsed through various countries till they stopped in Cologne where the chief of the Huns asked Ursula to marry him.
abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
He says, The male organ of copulation becomes
turgid and is inserted into the receptive female orifice.
an opening, especially one that opens into a bodily cavity
He says, The male organ of copulation becomes turgid and is inserted into the receptive female
experiencing or displaying extreme joy or bliss
She always looks worried when I’m at the dictionary so I tell her I’m looking for canonize or
beatific or any class of a religious word.