The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: List 2

Arnold Spirit, Jr., a young cartoonist who lives on the Spokane Indian reservation, decides to transfer to a school in which he will be the only American Indian student.

This list covers "Halloween"–"Don't Trust Your Computer."

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  1. naive
    lacking information or instruction
    But I just felt stupid and naïve after those guys took off.
  2. zilch
    a quantity of no importance
    So that made me, well, it made me nothing.
  3. petrify
    change into stone
    In geology class, the teacher, Mr. Dodge, was talking about the petrified wood forests near George, Washington, on the Columbia River, and how it was pretty amazing that wood could turn into rock.
  4. articulate
    characterized by clear expressive language
    “Uh, er, um,” I said.
    Yeah, I was so articulate.
  5. contradict
    prove negative; show to be false
    They couldn’t believe that I was contradicting a teacher.
  6. snicker
    laugh quietly
    My classmates snickered. They pointed their fingers at me and giggled.
  7. adhesive
    a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
    Indian families stick together like Gorilla Glue, the strongest adhesive in the world.
  8. nomadic
    Damn, my sister had married a lopsided, eagle-nosed, nomadic poker player.
  9. delirious
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    We should have all been delirious that she’d moved out of the basement. We’d been trying to get her out of there for years.
  10. confrontation
    a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    And a warrior isn’t afraid of confrontation.
  11. vulnerable
    susceptible to attack
    Mr. Orcutt and I have to debug some PCs. Don’t you hate PCs? They are sickly and fragile and vulnerable to viruses.
  12. bubonic
    relating to inflamed or swollen lymph nodes
    PCs are like French people living during the bubonic plague.
  13. tautology
    useless repetition
    “Are you going to bore me with your tautologies all day or are you going to actually say something?”
  14. illiterate
    uneducated in the fundamentals of a branch of learning
    I couldn’t ask Gordy because then he’d know I was an illiterate Indian idiot.
  15. dilate
    become wider
    “Because your eyes dilated, your breathing rate increased a little bit, and you started to sweat.”
    Okay, so Gordy was a human lie detector machine, too.
  16. redundancy
    repetition of an act needlessly
    “It’s a redundancy.”
    “Oh, you mean, redundant, like saying the same thing over and over but in different ways?”
  17. singular
    unusual or striking
    “That’s not exactly a tautology, but it is funny. You have a singular wit.”
  18. bale
    a large bundle bound for storage or transport
    He was a big kid, actually, strong from bucking bales and driving trucks.
  19. secede
    withdraw from an organization or polity
    One of those towns, called Polson, tried to secede (that means quit, I looked it up) from the rez.
  20. monotonous
    tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
    Our history teacher, Mr. Sheridan, was trying to teach us something about the Civil War. But he was so boring and monotonous that he was only teaching us how to sleep with our eyes open.
  21. scintillating
    brilliantly clever
    I’m planning on heading back to the classroom for more scintillating lessons from the history teacher.
  22. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    I’m not dumb. I can pick up on subtle clues.
  23. arrogant
    having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance
    She says it with her nose and chin in the air. She gets all arrogant.
  24. gorge
    overeat or eat immodestly
    Penelope gorges on her pain and then throws it up and flushes it away. My dad drinks his pain away.
  25. defy
    resist or confront with resistance
    Okay, so Penelope and I became the hot topic because we were defying the great and powerful Earl.
  26. earnest
    characterized by a firm, sincere belief in one's opinions
    Yeah, she talked like that. All big and goofy and dramatic. I wanted to make fun of her, but she was so earnest.
  27. ancillary
    furnishing added support
    The ancillary tail feathers of the Australian tufted Arnelope makes this bird perfectly suited to long-distance flying at great altitudes.
  28. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
    Her leg muscles were stretched and taut.
  29. retroactive
    affecting things past
    “That suit is so beautiful. It’s so retroactive. It’s so retroactive that it’s radioactive!”
  30. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
    But Penelope was so popular, especially for a freshman, and I was popular by association, even as a freshman, too, that Roger invited us to come along.
    Penelope was ecstatic about the idea.
  31. skewed
    favoring one person or side over another
    Well...poverty is a relative thing...historical theoreticians believe that when you define a certain income as opposed to output, statistics are skewed...
  32. digress
    turn aside from the main subject of attention
    Allow me to digress...
  33. repressed
    characterized by the suppression of impulses or emotions
    The Reardan kids were so worried about grades and sports and THEIR FUTURES that they sometimes acted like repressed middle-aged business dudes with cell phones stuck in their small intestines.
  34. primitive
    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
    “So, back in the day, weird people threatened the strength of the tribe. If you weren’t good for making food, shelter, or babies, then you were tossed out on your own.”
    “But we’re not primitive like that anymore.”
  35. sentimental
    marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion
    I had the sudden urge to hug Gordy, and he had the sudden urge to prevent me from hugging him.
    “Don’t get sentimental,” he said.
Created on August 15, 2013 (updated June 15, 2022)

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