God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian Vocabulary List

adios

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Ta ta and adios.

america

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My German-American ancestors, the earliest of whom settled in our Middle West about the time of our Civil War, called themselves "Freethinkers," which is the same sort of thing.

american

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My German-American ancestors, the earliest of whom settled in our Middle West about the time of our Civil War, called themselves "Freethinkers," which is the same sort of thing.

armory

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At the head of a force of only eighteen other antislavery fanatics, he captured the virtually unguarded Federal Armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

australian

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The recipient of this very rare and merry honor, accorded to only one in ten million newly dead people, I'm told, was an Australian Aborigine, with some white blood, named Birnum Birnum.

botched

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--Neil GaimanSeptember 2010 introduction A WORD FROM WNYC'S REPORTER ON THE AFTERLIFE My first near-death experience was an accident, a botched anesthesia during a triple bypass.

buddhist

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About belief or lack of belief in an afterlife: Some of you may know that I am neither Christian nor Jewish nor Buddhist, nor a conventionally religious person of any sort.

cashew

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Cigars, of course, are made of trail mix, of crushed cashews and granola and raisins, soaked in maple syrup and dried in the sun.

charlottesville

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Finding that out was accidental, since I'd gone down the blue tunnel to interview Dr. Mary D. Ainsworth, who died last March 21, age eighty-five, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

clowning

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Here's how clowning and cute.

clownish

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Two possible synonyms suggested themselves: "clownish" or "cute."

cuddle

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Everybody who was big enough and steady enough was going to get to hold it, cuddle it, gurgle to it, and say how pretty it was, or handsome.

doyenne

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What made me want to meet her was one word in the headline on her obituary in the New York Times: "Vivian Hallinan, 88, Doyenne of Colorful West Coast Family."

dumdum

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That goes for dumdums, too.

earthbound

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Whereas formal religions surely comfort many members of the WNYC staff, that staff's collective effect on its community is humanism--an ideal so Earthbound and unmajestic that I never capitalize it.

emeritus

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So this is Kurt Vonnegut, WNYC's now emeritus reporter on the afterlife, signing off on paper this time.

freethinker

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My German-American ancestors, the earliest of whom settled in our Middle West about the time of our Civil War, called themselves "Freethinkers," which is the same sort of thing.

functionless

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I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great, spectacularly prolific writer and scientist, Dr. Isaac Asimov in that essentially functionless capacity.

funniest

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That was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists.

gleeful

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I congratulated him on what he'd said on his way to be hanged before a gleeful, jeering throng of white folks.

granola

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Cigars, of course, are made of trail mix, of crushed cashews and granola and raisins, soaked in maple syrup and dried in the sun.

gurgle

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Everybody who was big enough and steady enough was going to get to hold it, cuddle it, gurgle to it, and say how pretty it was, or handsome.

gutbucket

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One played clarinet; the other one played a mean gutbucket, or slide trombone.

hangout

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His was the country's most famous hangout for heavy-drinking, non-stop-talking writers in America.

haute

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He is my fellow Hoosier, the late Eugene Victor Debs of Terre Haute, Indiana.

heartbroken

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Think of how heartbroken your friends and relatives would be if, by going through the Pearly Gates to talk to Napoleon, say, you in effect committed suicide.

heirloom

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Perhaps others can also make use of that heirloom from Uncle Alex.

hitler

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I was lucky enough on this trip to interview none other than the late Adolf Hitler.

hoosier

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He is my fellow Hoosier, the late Eugene Victor Debs of Terre Haute, Indiana.

jeering

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I congratulated him on what he'd said on his way to be hanged before a gleeful, jeering throng of white folks.

jewish

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About belief or lack of belief in an afterlife: Some of you may know that I am neither Christian nor Jewish nor Buddhist, nor a conventionally religious person of any sort.

motherless

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She studied motherless babies in London, all kinds of mothering or lack of it in Uganda, and then here in the U.S. of A.

navaho

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The Navahos.

necktie

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John Brown wears a hangman's noose for a necktie up in Heaven.

obstreperous

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Vincent did six months in jail for his obstreperous defense of the labor leader Harry Bridges, who was accused of being a Communist during the McCarthy era.

october

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One hundred forty years ago, come October 2, he was hanged for treason against the United States of America.

personable

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"Colorful" in the NewYork Times means unbelievably good looking and personable and rich, but socialist.

schnauzer

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Mr. Biagini, an unarmed man with a history of heart trouble, grabbed him, allowing the schnauzer to run away.

senatrix

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Ask your senator or senatrix or congressperson if guns, like cigars, aren't good for you.

slammer

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Vivian spent thirty days in the slammer for unladylike behavior during a civil rights demonstration in 1964.

snicker

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"People snicker and snort," I said.

spectacularly

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I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great, spectacularly prolific writer and scientist, Dr. Isaac Asimov in that essentially functionless capacity.

summertime

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We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of an apple tree in the summertime, and Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, "If this isn't nice, what is?"

sunscreen

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Use sunscreen!

unbelievably

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"Colorful" in the NewYork Times means unbelievably good looking and personable and rich, but socialist.

unladylike

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Vivian spent thirty days in the slammer for unladylike behavior during a civil rights demonstration in 1964.

unmajestic

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Whereas formal religions surely comfort many members of the WNYC staff, that staff's collective effect on its community is humanism--an ideal so Earthbound and unmajestic that I never capitalize it.

unstrapped

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They were taped in the tiled Huntsville death chamber only five minutes or so after I was unstrapped from the gurney.

vacantly

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WNYC satisfies the people's right to know--as contrasted with, as abject slaves of high-roller publicists and advertisers, keeping the public vacantly diverted and entertained.

virginian

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He said there was a Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, who had actually encapsulated God in only six words: "All men are created equal."