Jailbird Vocabulary List

altitudinous

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They were thrown out of altitudinous windows.

babylonian

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His shouted words bounced off the buildings, warred with their own echoes, and sounded like Babylonian by the time they reached Alexander's ears.

bavarian

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The status it gave me among the Bavarians was that of a pirate--in temporary possession of stolen goods that would certainly be restolen, again and again.

bendel

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They were from the most expensive stores in town--Henri Bendel, Tiffany's, Sloane's.

bonging

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It was the deep bonging of the Mannleinlaufen, the bizarre clock of the distant Frauenkirche.

brainlessly

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Work of that sort, now done brainlessly and eyelessly and handlessly and at the speed of light by computers, was still being done largely by hand in those days.

brattle

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His apartment was on the third floor of a frame house on Brattle Street.

bulgarian

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The language they had found in common was Bulgarian.

charlottesville

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* * * I now have at hand a copy of The Hapgoods, Three Earnest Brothers, by Michael D. Marcaccio (The University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1977).

crashingly

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And then he fell crashingly in love with a female nightclub singer who passed herself off as Japanese and sang word-for-word imitations of Edith Piaf records.

crooningly

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Every few steps I called ahead, crooningly, comfortingly, "It's Walter, Mary Kathleen.

cypriot

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As I would find out later, Leen's father was a Hungarian Jew, and his mother was a Greek Cypriot.

darwinian

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"It went bust," said Uncle Alex, with a certain grim, Darwinian satisfaction.

defenestrated

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They were defenestrated.

doberman

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He was president of a pistol club that shot at targets shaped like men on weekends, and he had a loaded Luger the size of a Doberman pinscher in his desk.

eisenhower

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More startling to me: He was a Republican, for General of the Armies Dwight David Eisenhower had now become President--the first Republican to hold that office in twenty years.

estonian

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Russians were supposed, no matter what, to go back to Russia; Poles were supposed to go back to Poland; Hungarians to Hungary; Estonians to Estonia; and on and on.

genghis

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They said it had a literature as great as any in the world, but that it had begun as a spare and ugly artificial language invented in the court of Genghis Khan.

girllike

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As for young Alexander: They found him girllike and stupid and too cowardly ever to come near the furnaces and forges and drop hammers, where the most dangerous work was done.

golgotha

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As for the last days of Sacco and Vanzetti as a modern Passion: As on Golgotha, three lower-class men were executed at the same time by a state.

gorki

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He studied Marx and Darwin and Hugo and Gorki and Tolstoi and Zola and Dante.

halloween

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She thought we were costumed like millionaires in the spirit of Halloween.

harlem

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A fourteen-year-old Harlem child who had been killed in a gang fight was told about a two-carat diamond ring that lay for weeks at the bottom of a catch basin he passed every day.

honeybunch

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A waitress said to me, "Honeybunch, you sit right down, and I'll bring you your coffee right away."

hounder

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He would almost certainly never have become President, of course, if he had not become a national figure as the discoverer and hounder of the mendacious Leland Clewes.

iroquois

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It may have been French as it was spoken by Iroquois mercenaries in the French and Indian War.

iscariot

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We named our son Walter F. Starbuck, Jr. Little did we dream that the name would become as onerous as Judas Iscariot, Jr., to the boy.

leningrad

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His father, who never communicated with him in any way, would command a corps of S.S. and die of pneumonia during the Siege of Leningrad.

lithuanian

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Ruth guessed that one was Belgian and the other, like my mother, Lithuanian.

luger

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He was president of a pistol club that shot at targets shaped like men on weekends, and he had a loaded Luger the size of a Doberman pinscher in his desk.

macedonian

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As Ruth would tell me later, he was a Macedonian peasant from southern Yugoslavia.

mixology

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On the same day and in the same mail each of us had received his Doctor of Mixology degree.

montpelier

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"He was a bank president in Montpelier, Vermont," he said.

newsweek

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About half the inmates back at the prison had mail subscriptions to the Times, and to The Wall Street Journal, too, and Time and Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, too, and on and on.

nietzsche

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This was Nietzsche's reply: "Against boredom even the gods contend in vain.")

pakistani

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Pakistanis and pygmies from the Philippines and even communists had to go through the very same thing.

prussia

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He was born into an aristocratic family in Prussia.

romany

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Thus did she become fluent in Romany, the tongue of the Gypsies, and even learned the words to some songs in Basque.

scandinavia

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He had Scandinavian blood.

scandinavian

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He had Scandinavian blood.

scottish

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Daniel McCone was a brilliant and brutal Scottish engineer and metallurgist, who founded the Cuyahoga Bridge and Iron Company, the largest single employer in Cleveland when I was born.

strelitz

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Mary Kathleen and I made love in the apartment of an associate professor of anthropology named Arthur von Strelitz.

swedish

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In leafing through the Times, I saw that my son, Walter Stankiewicz, ne Starbuck, was reviewing the autobiography of a Swedish motion-picture star.

trudger

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* * * Among the trudgers, as bitter and dejected as anyone, seemingly, were spies and agents provocateurs secretly employed and paid very well by the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

trustingness

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Back on Vicuna, he says, convicted white-collar criminals, defilers of trustingness, had their ears plugged up, so their souls couldn't get out.

undreamlike

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When I withdrew my hand and considered its wetness, I had to admit to myself that the wet was undreamlike.

unimitative

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--The Atlantic Monthly "AN UNIMITATIVE AND INIMITABLE SOCIAL SATIRIST."

viennese

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After only three weeks in the hospital she was a sane and witty Viennese intellectual.

volkswagen

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I had emptied my savings account and cashed in my life-insurance policies and sold my Volkswagen and my brick bungalow in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in order to pay for my futile defense.

yugoslavia

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As Ruth would tell me later, he was a Macedonian peasant from southern Yugoslavia.