Hocus Pocus Vocabulary List

ainus

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On Hokkaido the primitive natives, the Ainus, thought to be very ugly because they were so pallid and hairy, were White people.

babylon

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DARIUS, KING OF Persia, he told me, crucified 3,000 people he thought were enemies in Babylon.

beelzebub

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In the old days 4 of the bells were famously off-key, but beloved, and were known as "Pickle" and "Lemon" and "Big Cracked John" and "Beelzebub."

betelgeuse

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IMAGINE THE SAME sort of thing happening on a huge rocket ship bound for Betelgeuse.

bronx

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Their threat to kill him immobilized units of the 82nd Airborne Division, which had been brought in by school bus from the South Bronx.

buick

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She was talking about her 12-year-old Buick 4-door sedan, which she had gotten as part of her divorce settlement from her ex-husband.

burma

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One crystal, I remember, came all the way from Burma.

cadillac

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It was a Cadillac General Motors put on the market about the time we got kicked out of Vietnam.

carib

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SHE TOLD THE Trustees, who had surely vacationed in the Caribbean, about the Carib Indian chief who was about to be burned at the stake by Spaniards.

caribbean

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SHE TOLD THE Trustees, who had surely vacationed in the Caribbean, about the Carib Indian chief who was about to be burned at the stake by Spaniards.

charlemagne

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He said of himself that he was like the Emperor Charlemagne, "too busy to learn to read and write."

chattier

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WARDEN MATSUMOTO BECAME chattier and chattier during my job interview.

chevrolet

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I didn't have a car of my own, which was a good car, all right, a Chevrolet Corvette, but nowhere near as good as a Ferrari, until I was 21.

chinatown

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The Orientals have their own prison at Deer Park, Long Island, conveniently located only 50 kilometers from their heroin-processing plants in New York City's Chinatown.

chowderhead

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I WAS SO intent on getting away from that typical Ruling Class chowderhead that I did not see Pamela until I was right next to her.

conestoga

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They kept the pioneers supplied with cigars, among other things, so that cigars nowadays, in the year 2001, are still called "stogies" sometimes, which is short for "Conestoga."

disney

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The Walt Disney movie about Davy Crockett had been shown over and over again at the prison, so all the convicts knew who Davy Crockett was.

doberman

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A second fence was put outside that one, and the space between them was patrolled around the clock by humorless, jackbooted armed guards with lean and hungry Dobermans.

flaubert

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But then, with one hand on the doorknob, he uttered two words chokingly, which were the title of a novel by Gustave Flaubert.

fragged

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But the other cadet, who would later be fragged in Vietnam, turned all of us in.

gettysburg

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He was severely wounded at the age of 54 while a civilian observer at the Battle of Gettysburg, top hat and all.

gummer

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I was also very fond of Harriet Gummer, the war correspondent for The Des Moines Register, who, it turns out, bore me a son after our love affair in Manila.

halloween

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Is it Halloween?"

honduran

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Maybe they're that Honduran gonorrhea.

ironside

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They were there to see "Old Ironsides" and the belfry where Paul Revere had waved the lantern, signaling that the British were coming by land, and so on.

jamaican

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The purported head of the Jamaican drug cartel, Jeffrey Turner, had been brought down to Athena in a steel box 6 months before, after a televised trial lasting a year and a half.

kensington

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I think he was none other than Kensington Barber, the Provost of Tarkington College at the time.

leningrad

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THEY RENAMED PETROGRAD "Leningrad."

lepidopterology

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Sinatra didn't know what lepidopterology was.

lithuanian

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Since Tex's wife and I had been lovers, I knew that his ancestors weren't Texans, but Lithuanians.

lunkers

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The Tralfamadorians had senses of humor and so knew themselves for the severely limited lunkers, not to say crazy lunkers, they really were.

niagara

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They were both killed 20 years ago in a freak accident in a gift shop on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which the Indians in this valley used to call "Thunder Beaver," when the roof fell in.

nonacademics

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If I had been Tex, I think I might have gotten off the campus as fast as possible, and maybe drowned my sorrows among the nonacademics at the Black Cat Cafe.

onondaga

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Aaron's only son, Elias, wrote a technical account of the construction of the Onondaga Canal, which connected the northern end of Lake Mohiga to the Erie Canal just south of Rochester.

orwell

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I agree with the great Socialist writer George Orwell, who felt that rich people were poor people with money.

pahlavi

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When I was still a teacher here, I asked GRIOT(tm), the most popular computer game at the Pahlavi Pavilion, what might have become of me after the war instead of what really happened.

pepsi

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Then again, since the steel boxes were also used to carry freight, there might have been nothing but Diet Pepsi and toilet paper in there.

persia

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DARIUS, KING OF Persia, he told me, crucified 3,000 people he thought were enemies in Babylon.

pompeii

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So he might have said that Scipio was Pompeii, and the escapees were a lava flow.

pricelessly

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What can happen to a pricelessly stinky cheese that hasn't already happened to it?

pyrotechnician

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This was apparently from the vocabulary of pyrotechnicians, specialists in loud and bright but otherwise harmless nighttime explosions for climaxes of patriotic holidays.

saigon

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TWICE IN LATER life I would contract what was unambiguously gonorrhea, once in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and then again in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam.

sinatra

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Sinatra didn't know what lepidopterology was.

tchaikovsky

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When I had Bruce in Music Appreciation I played a recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

texan

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Since Tex's wife and I had been lovers, I knew that his ancestors weren't Texans, but Lithuanians.

uncatchable

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On TV he was always so quick to snatch any idea tossed his way, cover it with spit, so to speak, and throw it back with a crazy spin which made it uncatchable.

unicyclist

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THE LATE UNICYCLIST Professor Damon Stern asked me one time if I thought there would be a market for religious figures of Christ riding a unicycle instead of spiked to a cross.

untightened

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Alton Darwin had the same untightened screw.

vietcong

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A bunch of high school kids from down below, high on alcohol or who knows what, had come up during the night like Vietcong and gone what they called "coring" again.

volkswagen

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They drove one of the last Volkswagen Bugs still running.