having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling
giddy when we get off the airplane.
The Middle English "gidi" means "crazy"--this can be seen in another definition of the adjective: lacking seriousness; given to frivolity and lightheartedness. Both definitions can fit the example sentence, since the family is disembarking a plane and embarking on a new life in America.
twisted, especially as in pain or struggle
One look at our cowboy’s wife, arms, lips, eyes
contorted into knots, and we repack.
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
insists we keep out of her neighbors’ eyes.
a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
Such meat grows tight in texture, smelling of
meadows and tasting sweet.
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
Vast windows in front of sealed curtains
the trait of being willing to give your money or time
Mother could not believe his
generosity until Brother Quang says the American government gives sponsors money.
a disposition to kindness and compassion
People living on others’
goodwill cannot afford political opinions.
make a characteristic sound, of a horse
To make it worse, the cowboy explains horses here go
neigh, not hee, hee, hee.
This example sentence shows how speakers of different languages hear and represent sounds differently. "Neigh" and "hee" are examples of onomatopoeia (words based on sounds).
suggesting war or military life
Brother Vu wants to be a cook or teach
martial arts, not waste a year as the oldest senior.
This word comes from "Mars," the Roman god of war. But Brother Vu was not influenced by the Greco-Roman pantheon that assigns different aspects of life to different gods. Thus, he can consider being either a cook or a teacher of martial arts. As seen in the example sentences for "lure" and "appetite" in the list for Part 2, either choice would allow Brother Vu to serve up parts of his Asian culture to hungry and appreciative audiences.
deeply or markedly affected or influenced
She doesn’t seem
come to one's mind
Both laughing, chewing, as if it never
occurred to them someone medium would show up.
take a brief look at
I can’t help but
of large size for its weight
The full moon shines on the
"Bulkiest" is the superlative (highest in order, quality, or degree) form of the adjective. The comparative form is "bulkier." The bulkiest lump stands out not only because it is the largest one but also because the light of the full moon is shining on it.
marked by extreme anger
furious, unable to explain
gather something into small wrinkles or folds
I repeat, Hogwash,
puckering for the ending of ssssshhhhhh.
Lips are often puckered for a kiss, but here, Ha puckers her lips to say a word with sounds that are unfamiliar to her and that actually means "nonsense."
give individual instruction
She volunteers to
tutor us all.
lacking in a correct relation of reason
I pout, but MiSSSisss WaSShington says every language has annoyances and
illogical rules, as well as sensible beauty.
Two illogical rules that often trip up people new to English can be seen in use in this example sentence. Hint: they concern the different uses of the letter "s" at the end of verbs and nouns.
the state or situation of being alone
Mother taps her nails on the dining table, her signal for
solitude to chant.
draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
More sniffles, so gentle I would miss them by
inhaling too deeply.
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Mother can’t help
yearning for Father any more than I can help tasting ripe papaya in my sleep.
go for and bring back
After she falls asleep, I
retrieve the bars.
having rugged physical strength
When he’s close enough for me to see the white arm hair, I shift my upper body to the left, legs
sturdy, eyes on the blur that flies past me.
a feeling of intense unhappiness
It’s time to tell Mother why
misery keeps pouncing on me.
to move in a twisting or contorted motion
writhes on the pavement.
freeing from fear and anxiety
GOOONNNNGGGGG rings out; how
soothing a real gong sounds.