2007 - The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Vocabulary List

amish

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On the fourth day a one-armed pickpocket took pity on him and he was able to eat an entire banana without interruption, even tried to chew up the fibrous peel, he was so famished.

antilles

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What more fantasy than the Antilles?

babylon

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Turns out that in her heart our girl was more Penelope than Whore of Babylon.

beelzebub

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I just hope she doesn't sacrifice you to Beelzebub or anything.

bitchier

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If you think it was tough being a goth in Paterson, try being a Dominican York in one of those private schools back in DR. You will never meet bitchier girls in your whole life.

borracha

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And since her mother was una maldita borracha (to quote Oscar's mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.

bronx

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There are people, though, like my do Miguel in the Bronx who still zafa everything.

cadillac

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Poor Old Nigger Thinks It's A Cadillac.

caliban

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Her ideal amor had been Jack Pujols, and here was this middle-aged Caliban who dyed his hair and had a thatch of curlies on his back and shoulders.

carajo

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Eventually, his mother rooting him out again: What in carajo is the matter with you?

caramba

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Caramba, Cabral, what are you, a bat?

caribbean

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So in effect he saw girls -- Hispanophone Caribbean girls -- everywhere.

cervantes

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(She's starting to talk like Cervantes, La Inca bragged to the neighbors.

chaka

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Nelson Pardo who looked like Chaka from Land of the Lost!

coelho

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(Oscar peeped the astrology books under the bed and a collection of Paulo Coelho's novels.

coffled

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Coffled to a beer, in a country not his own.

colombian

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In an accent she could not place: maybe Venezuelan, maybe Colombian.

copacetic

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I'm copacetic.

guanabana

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These are not the guanabana campos of our dreams.

guatemalan

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Was a wetback Guatemalan with pits in her cheek.

haitian

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The Puerto rocks want to talk about fufus, and the Haitians have some shit just like it.

halloween

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I was the tallest, dorkiest girl in the school, the one who dressed up as Wonder Woman every Halloween, the one who never said a word.

hampshire

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Not the frenzied Bani of right now, supported by an endless supply of DoYos who've laid claim to most of Boston, Providence, New Hampshire.

harlock

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Took down his childhood posters -- Star Blazers, Captain Harlock -- and tacked up his college ones -- Akira and Terminator 2.

hispaniola

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No matter what its name or provenance, it is believed that the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola unleashed the fuku on the world, and we've all been in the shit ever since.

illest

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Did he stop reading his Andre Norton books and even lose interest in the final issues of Watchmen, which were unfolding in the illest way?

imaginate

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Imaginate: in those days El Hollywood was the It place to be in Bani, it was Alexander, Cafe Atlantico, and Jet Set rolled into one.

lensman

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Dude wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens.

malinche

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(The Mexicans might have their Malinche, but we Dominicans have our Anacaona.)

manhunter

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The whole time the movie -- Manhunter -- was on, he kept expecting niggers to jump out with cameras and scream, Surprise!

mewled

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Just let me touch them with the back of my hand, he mewled, but nearly every time she picked him off in a fielder's choice.

mithra

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In the future he would throw his lot in with the Demon Balaguer| and end up ambassador to Panama as his reward, but for the moment he was the school's Apollo, its Mithra.

monmouth

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They'd both dropped out of college, Monmouth and Jersey City State respectively, and both had jobs at the Blockbuster across town.

moronically

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We should get married, she said to Nelson, and Nelson grinned moronically, turning up the street to look for the bus.

negrita

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(He didn't care about the burn scars on her back: It looks like a painting of a ciclon and that's what you are, mi negrita, una tormenta en la madrugada.)

nigua

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It was only after he died for real that it was revealed that he'd been in Nigua prison all along.

oldsmobile

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In the back of his Oldsmobile on University I pulled my leather skirt up and my fishnet stockings down and the smell of me was everywhere.

paraguayan

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You should never have had carnal relations with that Paraguayan girl, he pointed out.

reinvaded

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Oscar hadn't been home in years, not since his abuela's number-one servant, bedridden for months and convinced that the border was about to be reinvaded, had screamed out Haitians!

rivered

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It rivered into the cane, and Beli, blinking tears, realized she had no idea which way was out.

scrammed

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She should have scrammed, I tell you, but she needed to see her Gangster, needed him to explain what was happening.

shazam

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At first he pretended that it was his number one hero, Shazam, who wanted to date them.

splotching

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Early adolescence hit him especially hard, scrambling his face into nothing you could call cute, splotching his skin with zits, making him self-conscious; and his interest -- in Genres!

steelers

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Oscar, who had never been 'punched a couple of times' by a military-trained adult, felt like he had just been run over by the entire Steelers backfield circa 1977.

straightish

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(Unlike his sister, who fought boys and packs of morena girls who hated her thin nose and straightish hair.)

taino

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Options as rare as Tainos and for irascible dark-skinned flacas of modest means they were rarer still.

tainos

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Options as rare as Tainos and for irascible dark-skinned flacas of modest means they were rarer still.

unfried

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She was right in the end, but he was one of the few who made it through with his balls unfried.

venezuelan

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In an accent she could not place: maybe Venezuelan, maybe Colombian.

zapatero

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Arquimedes was, therefore, a student, the son of a zapatero and a midwife, a tirapiedra and a quemagoma for life.