in distinction from others
I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I
SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn't say "diary" on it.
linger or remain near a place
I try to explain all this popularity stuff to my friend Rowley (who is probably
hovering right around the 150 mark, by the way), but I think it just goes in one ear and out the other with him.
a loud and disturbing noise
But I guess I must have made a pretty big
racket because the next thing I knew, Dad was downstairs, yelling at me for eating Cheerios at 3:00 in the morning.
commit oneself to
Mom is always saying I'm a smart kid, but that I just don't "
anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
But if there's one thing I learned from Rodrick, it's to set people's
expectations real low so you end up surprising them by practically doing nothing at all.
showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
Unfortunately, Dad wakes up at 6:00 in the morning no matter WHAT day of the week it is, and he is not real
considerate of the fact that I am trying to enjoy my Saturday like a normal person.
according to the exact meaning; according to the facts
technically my best friend, but that is definitely subject to change.
any clever maneuver
His mom bought him this book called "How to Make Friends in New Places," and he came to my house trying all these dumb
a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
Dag nab these fancy
return with an undesired effect
But my trick kind of
backfired, because as soon as Mom saw me, she made me go upstairs and take a shower.
utter while crying
But right when Mrs. Craig was about to let us go, Rowley started
blubbering about how he doesn't want rock and roll to ruin his "brains."
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
Whenever Dad says "friend" that way, you know you're in trouble. The first time Dad ever said "friend" like that to me, I didn't get that he was being
Do you have anything you want to say to women for having owned this
an officer charged with receiving and disbursing funds
Today, I went and put my name on the list to run for
Treasurer. Unfortunately, this kid named Marty Porter is running for
Treasurer, too, and he's real brainy at math.
a deliberately false or improbable account
Mr. Roy said you weren't allowed to write "
fabrications" about the other candidates.
change the nature, purpose, or function of something
I decided to make a haunted house of my own. Actually, I had to bring Rowley in on the deal, because Mom wouldn't let me
convert our first floor into a full-out haunted mansion.
the fee charged for entrance
Now, I know our flyers said
admission was fifty cents, but I could see that we had a chance to make a killing here.
in accordance with accepted standards or principles
I tried to show Rowley's dad our original plan to prove that we really were running a
legitimate operation, but he still didn't seem convinced.
capable of physically throwing back light or sound
She cut out a big hole in the front of the helmet so he could see better, and covered him up in all this
overly self-confident or self-assertive
After a while, we realized the teenagers were going to wait us out, so we decided we were just gonna have to spend the night at Gramma's. That's when we started getting
cocky, making monkey noises at the teenagers and whatnot.
a systematic plan for therapy
But Mom said if I wanted a weight set, I was going to have to prove that I could stick with an exercise
the act of binding yourself to a course of action
I knew Rowley wasn't going to be as serious about weight lifting as I was, so I decided to try out an experiment to test his
the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
the concluding part of any performance
Tryouts went forever. The grand
finale came with the auditions for Dorothy, who I guess is the lead character in the play.
a low woody plant usually having several stems
Rodney James tried out to be Tin Man, but he got stuck with being the
characterized by dishonor
Yesterday, she brought in this first-grader to play Dorothy's dog, Toto. But today, the kid's mom came in and said she wanted her child to walk around on two legs, because crawling around on all fours would be too
cause to feel shame
Thank God Rodrick won't be in the audience to see me
distant but within sight
We three trees from
a narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
We three trees from yonder
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
And that's also why my only New Year's
resolution is to never play with Manny again.
bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages
I took some
gauze from home, and I wrapped up my hand to make it look like it was hurt.
decorate with needlework
Actually, it's an
wait in hiding to attack
Right when it looked like we were going to get in an all-out fight, we got
ambushed from the street.
a person of subnormal intelligence
I came up with this character called Creighton the
Cretin, and I got on a roll.
Apparently Mr. Winsky got a call from a parent who said they witnessed Rowley "
terrorizing" the kindergartners when he was supposed to be walking them home from school.
a single distinct event
I forgot about the whole
incident until today.
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
She didn't try to
pry and get all the details.
exerting force or influence
Then he told me I was relieved of my Safety Patrol duties "
the act of raising in rank or position
Later on today, Rowley got reinstated as a Patrol. And get this: He actually got a
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
Mr. Winsky said Rowley had "exhibited
dignity under false suspicion."
a close friend
After dinner tonight, I saw Rowley and Collin walking up the hill together,
chumming it up.
a person (such as an author) of enduring fame
If you can get yourself voted onto the Class Favorites page, you're practically an
put in effect
I walked into my History class today, ready to
execute my plan.
hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
Anyway, Mom totally
foiled my plan to win Class Clown.