declare to be true or accept the reality of
When Byron walked by while we were working on it he said, “Y’all done real good. It still looks like a turd on wheels, but I gotta
admit, now it looks like a polished turd.”
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
“Real cute, Wilona. Well, since Kenneth and Momma have
insulted the Great Brown One, I guess that leaves it up to Rufus and Punkin to put the final piece on.”
uncertainty about the truth or existence of something
"Well, I don't believe it! If you squint your eyes and look real hard, there’s no
doubt about it, this boy’s got a real mustache going here!”
higher rank especially by reason of longer service
“Well, just so there’re no problems, I’ve got
seniority on you, so I get the bathroom first, deal?”
strikingly odd or unusual
I bet the neighbors wondered what the
Weird Watsons were doing this time.
remove the cover from
“Well, Kenneth, since you seem to be the only one with any curiosity, I guess you’ll be the one who gets to
unveil the Bomber’s latest addition.”
on or to one side
I whipped the towel
able to feel or perceive
Some of the time I think she forgot how
sensitive Dad was.
of or relating to children or young people
“This isn’t our son, this is just a little
juvenile delinquent boy that we feel sorry for and let follow us around some of the time. Our real son has hair!”
meant or adapted for an occasion or use
“Yes, as I’m sure a nice family like this one is aware, it was only last year that the scientists at Autotronic Industries made a brilliant, beautiful, breathtaking breakthrough and developed a
suitable system for controlling these vibrations.”
“Some people think we just have a hole hacked in back there by any old mechanic, but nothing could be further from the truth. That opening is scientifically and mathematically positioned by a factory-trained technician to
enhance the TT AB-700’s true high-fidelity sound!”
care for like a mother
She trailed Byron all the way to the car,
fussing at him the whole way.
an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions
Dad reached over past Momma to start the car, but on the way his hand kind of accidentally on
purpose brushed her chests.
inscribe or address by way of compliment
We at Flint’s only soul station, WAMM,
dedicate this song to Daniel, from Wilona.
put in the mind of someone
“We’ve been telling you, Byron, you’ve been given warning after warning and chance after chance to straighten up, but instead of improving, you’re getting worse. Do I have to
remind you of the things you’ve done just this last year?”
to utter intentions of injury or punishment against
Momma and Dad had
threatened to send Byron to Grandma Sands about a million times but we never thought it would happen.
be fully aware or cognizant of
Byron is getting old enough to have to understand that his time for playing is running out fast, he’s got to
realize the world doesn’t have a lot of jokes waiting for him.
devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
“Momma and I are very worried because there’re so many things that can go wrong to a young person and Byron seems bound and
determined to find every one of them."
familiarize psychologically or physically
And you won’t believe this, but if you listen to any kind of music long enough, first you get
accustomed to it and then you learn to like it.
move from one place to another
I guess the grapevine had gotten back to Momma and Dad that By was going to make a prison break tonight before he got
transferred to Alabama.
hurt or upset
“Ooh, Kenneth, I asked her the same thing and she was highly
an unhappy and worried mental state
upset because all of her notebook planning had been wasted.
deserving or inciting pity
You talk about some
pathetic, tortured-looking little faces.
of inferior size
You was so
puny when you was born you nearly worried us crazy.
a verbal act of admitting defeat
The way Byron kept his head down and was smiling and saying “Yes, ma’am” this and “No, ma’am” that, it looked like he had
surrendered before the first punch was thrown.