a person who directs and manages an organization
To the district
superintendent of schools, she gave a bad answer, but she did that only once, only to him, and if that answer was not good, her reason for giving it was.
the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
Unlike football bowls, there had been no season
tallies for the academic teams.
the trait of possessing muscular strength
They were reminded that this Bowl was for brains, not
brawn, and decorum—something between chapel and classroom—was the order of the day.
propriety in manners and conduct
They were reminded that this Bowl was for brains, not brawn, and
decorum—something between chapel and classroom—was the order of the day.
desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text
lectern between them stood the commissioner of education of the state of New York.
a government administrator
At a lectern between them stood the
commissioner of education of the state of New York.
intending or showing kindness
benevolently over the audience as he reached inside his inner breast pocket and withdrew a pair of reading glasses.
moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
She watched with
bated (and visible) breath as the commissioner placed his hand into a large clear glass bowl.
He withdrew a piece of paper, unfolded it, and read, "What is the meaning of the word
calligraphy and from what language does it derive?"
He withdrew a piece of paper, unfolded it, and read, "What is the meaning of the word calligraphy and from what language does it
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
insisted that I write a B & B letter to my grandparents.
be overly critical; criticize minor details
Mother then made a remark about how Western Civilization was in a decline because people of my generation knew how to
nitpick but not how to write a B & B letter.
a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
My brother Joey had been sent to my other set of grandparents, who live in a normal
suburb in Connecticut.
write briefly or hurriedly; write a short note of
I also took out a sharpened pencil and a pad of Post-it notes to
jot down any ideas that might come to mind.
one's overall condition in life
The red wagon had definitely been a gift—even though, under the
circumstances, I didn't bring it back to Epiphany with me.
an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
Mr. Cantor, a retired postman from Pennsylvania, who was devoted to growing orchids, said that he would have enough blossoms for the
spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation
Tillie Nachman volunteered to do the invitations, and
Rabbi Friedman, who was a
rabbi in his former life, said he would perform the ceremony even though Margaret Draper was not Jewish and Izzy Diamondstein was.
paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters
After that first meeting, Grandpa Nate and I took Tillie Nachman, a former New York City person who had never learned to drive, to the
stationery store so that she could buy the invitations.
the writing point of a pen
It was while Tillie was trying out various pen points (called
nibs) that she made the remark about the ballpoint pen being the biggest single factor in the decline of Western Civilization.
a condition inferior to an earlier condition
It was while Tillie was trying out various pen points (called nibs) that she made the remark about the ballpoint pen being the biggest single factor in the
decline of Western Civilization.
housing that someone is living in
Fact: Many of the
domiciles in Century Village do not have family rooms with desks.
move down on as if in an attack
I was doing a wonderful job until Thomas Stearns, called T.S., Tillie’s cat,
pounced into my lap, and I jumped up and spilled the ink, and the cat walked through the spilled ink and onto a couple of the invitations I was addressing.
in the habit of or adapted to
It didn't slow things down too much, and the citizens of Century Village are
accustomed to waiting.
displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
Allen Diamondstein kept saying, "Isn't it
ironic? My father is getting married just as I am getting divorced."
cause to tumble by pushing
Unfortunately, he didn't see the wagon handle, so he tripped on it, slid on the wet concrete, fell in the puddle of melted ice and, unfortunately,
toppled the wedding cake.
injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration
The little top layer was totally smashed; it fell in the same puddle as Allen, and the little bride and groom were seriously
showing faith in magic and ignorance of the laws of nature
I did not tell Izzy what had happened to the couple on top of the wedding cake because people get very
superstitious at weddings and no one wants a wounded bride and groom sitting on top of the cake with which they are to start a happy marriage.
convey or express a meaning
I had seen that sort of thing often enough in the movies: A close-up of the shattered little bride and groom floating in a puddle of melted ice
signifying the fate of the real bride and groom.
an event that will inevitably happen in the future
I had seen that sort of thing often enough in the movies: A close-up of the shattered little bride and groom floating in a puddle of melted ice signifying the
fate of the real bride and groom.
a steerable self-propelled aircraft
I sucked in my breath until my lungs felt like twin
dirigibles inside my ribs.
a platform raised above the surrounding level
Both Dr. Rohmer and Mrs. Olinski paid strict attention to the commissioner, the man at the
the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
He wore a navy blue,
precision fit pin-striped suit and a white-on-dazzling-white shirt.
showing fear and lack of courage
She still did not know (and wouldn't until after it was all over), but by that time the success of The Souls (even if she did not yet know that they were The Souls) had made Mrs. Olinski less
the doctrine that different peoples can coexist peacefully
Dr. Rohmer had announced that he had just completed a three-day workshop on
multiculturalism for ed-you-kay-toars.
a shortened version of a written work
Dr. Rohmer was not amused. He gave Mrs. Olinski a
capsule lecture on what multiculturalism really means.
“In the interest of
diversity," she said, "I chose a brunette, a redhead, a blond, and a kid with hair as black as print on paper."
an angel portrayed as a winged child
Nadia was the redhead of Mrs. Olinski's diverse group.
Had she been born five hundred years sooner, Raphael would have chosen her as a model for his
characterized by ardent emotion, intensity, or brilliance
Mrs. Olinski knew that Nadia Diamondstein was not only
incandescently beautiful but was also a star.
the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
Lowering his eyes, he read, "What is the name given to that portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is noted for its
abundance of seaweed, and what is its importance to the ecology of our planet?"
the environment as it relates to living organisms
Lowering his eyes, he read, "What is the name given to that portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is noted for its abundance of seaweed, and what is its importance to the
ecology of our planet?"