Palm Sunday Vocabulary List

antinuke

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I had this to say between rock and roll numbers at an antinuke rally in Washington, D.C., on May 6, 1979: "I am embarrassed.

appalachia

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In some of the more remote hollows of Appalachia, children still grow up hearing songs and locutions of Elizabethan times.

aquinas

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"I will speak of Thomas Aquinas instead.

bazoo

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If the truthful answer is "no," then the candidate should be told politely that he cannot get on the school committee and blow off his big bazoo about how books make children crazy.

benvenuto

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"The lies we have been fed about nuclear energy have been as cunningly handcrafted as the masterpieces of Benvenuto Cellini.

bolivian

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My parents had separated me so thoroughly from my Germanic past that my captors might as well have been Bolivians or Tibetans, for all they meant to me.

charlottesville

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This playmate sent me a note while I was in Charlottesville, and by God if he hadn't become head of the astronomy department at the university.

chilean

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He at last thought of something to say to a Chilean novelist: "It must be nice," he said, "to come from a country that long and narrow."

cityless

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Cityless, too, because they were Dresdeners who'd been shot up on the front and sent home for easy duty.

damager

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Disgust, in fact, may be the chief damager of our reason, of our common sense--may make us act against our own best interests, may make us insane.

dankly

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The calm before a fight settled dankly over the room.

disneyland

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It looks like Disneyland without the rides to me.

edwardian

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* * * This Edwardian sport married the beautiful and musical Alice Barus in 1885.

elizabethan

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In some of the more remote hollows of Appalachia, children still grow up hearing songs and locutions of Elizabethan times.

frankenstein

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[Everybody but JERRY and LEGHORN and POPS turns his or her back to the audience, and applies monster makeup, becoming Dracula or Frankenstein or Wolfman or whatever.]

gatsby

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The house where I spoke, incidentally, was said to be the model for Gatsby's house in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

hartford

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Since I am simultaneously a humorist and a serious novelist, I was asked to speak at the one hundredth anniversary of the completion of Mark Twain's fanciful house in Hartford, Connecticut.

hawaiian

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An interesting thing happened in the Hawaiian Islands, where they had been throwing trash down extinct volcanoes for years: a couple of the volcanoes all of a sudden spit it all back up.

iliad

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"The Iliad.

jekyll

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15 JEKYLL AMD HYDE UPDATED LEE GUBER, the Broadway producer, became a friend of mine when we served on the New York State Council for the Arts.

jungian

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He is a little bit Jungian, a little bit Freudian, a little bit Rankian--and so on.

lilliput

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Mr. Turner tells us, for example: "The scale of Lilliput is one inch to a foot of the ordinary world.

lobotomize

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To hate all they did and stood for at that time, which included gymnastics, by the way, was to lobotomize not only the German-Americans but our culture.

lunks

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Such lunks are often the backbone of volunteer fire departments and the United States Infantry and cake sales and so on, and they have been thanked often enough for that.

maharishi

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I paid Maharishi Mahesh Yogi eighty dollars to show me how.

mayan

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I have to say 'possibly,' since we know so little about the Incas and the Aztecs and the Mayans--and some other tribes.

mendaciousness

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He shrinks us, urinates on us, expands us and peers into all our nauseating apertures, encourages us to demonstrate our stupidity and mendaciousness, makes us hideously old.

mesopotamian

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"Now a rich Roman tourist, a man, a successful speculator in Mesopotamian millet futures, comes upon the scene.

niagara

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* * * My wife Jill and I admire the Statler Brothers so much that we went all the way to the Niagara Falls International Convention Center in April of 1980 to hear them and to shake their hands.

nietzsche

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"As for boredom: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a German philosopher who died seventy-eight years ago, had this to say: 'Against boredom even the gods contend in vain.'

nigerian

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"I was in Biafra several years ago, at the bitter end of the Nigerian civil war.

pigheadedly

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How proud I became of our belief, how pigheadedly proud, even, is the most evident thing in my writing, I think.

plotlessness

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VONNEGUT: I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere.

procrustes

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"It was that damn fool diploma which made me believe for a moment that I could speak to you as an expert on culture, about that bed of Procrustes which maladjusted persons find so uncomfortable.

pulitzer

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As for the Pulitzer prizes: this book should be eligible for a mega-grand slam, sweeping fiction, drama, history, biography, and journalism.

sappiness

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I think sappiness has something to do with being concerned about grandchildren, and the hell with them.

saxony

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"Thus, K's great-great-grandfather Jacob Schramm came from Saxony, where for generations his family had been grain merchants.

sinatra

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I describe that process a little in the beginning of Slaughterhouse-Five; I saw it as starring John Wayne and Frank Sinatra.

springier

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What could be springier than May and June?

stradivarius

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He would have tried to kill himself with a Stradivarius violin, if there had been one around--or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or Walter Cronkite's mustache.

thomist

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"The Thomist hierarchy of laws is so far from being ridiculous that I have never met anybody who did not believe in it right down to the marrow of his or her bones.

unbelievability

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I think it lacked the damping apparatus which most of us have, which keeps us from being swamped by the unbelievability of life as it really is.

unfond

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* * * And it is always the men, even if they were as reclusive and secretive and unfond of life as my grandfather Bernard, who are the stars in this account of my ancestors.

unimitative

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

unsentimentality

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In Gulliver's Travels, Swift sets such high standards for unsentimentality about human beings that most of us can meet those standards only in wartime, and only briefly even then.

unseriousness

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He is well paid for unseriousness.

volkswagen

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Mark rolled and totaled a Volkswagen Microbus with about eight people in it.

westphalia

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They came from Munster, Westphalia, where the name derives from a distant forebear who had an estate--'ein Gut'--on the little River Funne; hence the surname FunneGut--the estate on the Funne.

whitefeet

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[ELBERT WHITEFEET, the beloved old college president and philosopher, enters wild with grief over the bankruptcy.

zippier

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Well, as a member of a zippier generation, with sparkle in its eyes and a snap in its stride, let me tell you what kept us as high as kites a lot of the time: hatred.