Americana Vocabulary List

abyssinian

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To me, he could not have been more striking if he were an Abyssinian chieftain.

acapulco

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Look, there's no reason why you can't fly Eastern to Acapulco and share two solid weeks of sex and adventure with a vacationing typist from Iowa City.

aesculapius

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But by the grace of Aesculapius, god of medicine, we'll lick the Big C and make America safe for babies and other growing things.

assyrian

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To the Assyrians, insanity was possession by demons.

bagpiping

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I kept the phone at my ear for a long moment, almost expecting his voice to return, drumming and bagpiping, overwhelming the animistic buzz of the telephone.

bataan

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"He was in the Bataan death march," Bud said.

borneo

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When a Kayan of Borneo died, his slaves were killed so that they could follow him to the next world and obey all his behests.

buicks

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She remembered that she had once guessed three Buicks in a row and had been right every time.

californian

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Fragmentation, the settling of a myth into the realism of its component parts, had come to the West quite early, and Wendy was a native Californian.

deuteronomy

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Numbers and Deuteronomy.

disneyland

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My classmates in their evolving worldliness would consider Merry too pure, too naive, too inexperienced to be let loose outside of Disneyland.

eisenhower

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"Daddy," she used to say, "you're almost as funny as Eisenhower."

eurasian

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He feels he has a novel and a Eurasian mistress.

fijian

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Fijian priests used to stare endlessly at a whale's tooth and then have convulsions.

greenwich

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Walter Faye's the one with the wife who's from Brazil who invited us out to Greenwich that weekend we couldn't go."

hockshop

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The forest lodge, the suite of mauve rooms, the fleabag above the hockshop, the borrowed apartment--all too personal, the unrecurring moment.

interpol

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My life is a telex from Interpol."

kiowa

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Previous memos had borne messages from Zwingli, Levi-Strauss, Rilke, Chekhov, Tillich, William Blake, Charles Olson and a Kiowa chief named Satanta.

lauderdale

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Murals depicted Montmartre, Fort Lauderdale and Mount Fujiyama.

leningrad

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His body will be sent airmail express to the West Coast for possible casting in a new movie spectacular based on the siege of Leningrad."

liberian

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However, seamen aboard a Liberian tanker off Greenland have reportedly sighted oil slicks and all sorts of Louis Quatorze debris.

mandingo

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A Mandingo priest would hold a newborn child in his arms, whisper in its ear and spit three times in its face.

mennonite

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Originally all I had wanted to do on the trip west was shoot some simple film, the white clapboard faces of Mennonite farmers, the spare Kansans in their churchgoing clothes.

michelangelo

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The Michelangelo was the dropping of the blade.

mimeoed

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As soon as all the stuff is typed up and proofread and mimeoed, I'd like to get everybody's opinion on how it looks.

mousterian

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Water your mousterian cranium.

navaho

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"I have to go out West anyway in a few months to do a documentary on the Navahos.

nicaraguan

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The Nicaraguans offered human sacrifices to Popogatepec by tossing bodies into volcanic craters.

nonsocietal

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Drotty is nonsocietal.

ojibwa

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The Ojibwas believed that hatchets and kettles have souls.

overjoys

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"It overjoys me," Buford said.

pakistani

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A Pakistani who worked at the UN was facing her.

polynesian

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Others thought her origins were Catalonian or Polynesian or Dead Sea.

pulitzer

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The Pulitzer committee has been strangely silent."

renoir

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She's got big pink Renoir tits and she can cook.

samoan

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Evil spirits had sexual congress with Samoan women at night, causing supernatural conceptions.

screamy

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So then my screamy mother takes her repressions out on him."

siberia

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I am writing a mock-epic poem--you won't believe this--I am writing a mock-epic poem about a boy who grows up among wolves somewhere in Siberia.

sicily

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They are still in the hills of Sicily or Corsica or wherever they came from.

sistine

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All the paintings and old schooner prints had vanished and in their place was hung a single eight-by-twelve-inch reproduction of a detail from the Sistine Chapel.

slote

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Jody told me Sid Slote ran into him accidentally in Bermuda and he was hanging around with some very swishy types."

texan

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Clevenger was a Texan.

theatercraft

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Her voice changed, even the structure of her sentences, and as we went along I realized she was no mere student of theatercraft.

tyburn

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Cromwell's axed head blinking on a pike at Tyburn gallows.

unencompassed

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There was a sense of the firmament, an unencompassed word above us brushed by the tatters of a single cloud.

unquieted

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By inches we moved along the street, each silent and lovely home a slow memorial to some shrill inner moment unquieted by time.

unrecurring

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The forest lodge, the suite of mauve rooms, the fleabag above the hockshop, the borrowed apartment--all too personal, the unrecurring moment.

viennese

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"The Viennese monkey.

yangtze

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The Yangtze River is three thousand four hundred and thirty miles long."

zoroastrian

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Only on rare occasions were any of the local anomalies present--Zoroastrians, Zen cowboys, soothsayers and the like, or lost children looking for Ames, Iowa--and they never seemed to stay very long.