Slapstick Or Lonesome No More! Vocabulary List

ailanthus

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Smoke from a cooking fire on the terrazzo floor of the lobby of the Empire State Building on the Island of Death floats out over the ailanthus jungle which Thirty-fourth Street has become.

albanian

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The country had not yet been depopulated by Albanian flu and The Green Death.

axeman

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Perhaps that was how our genius felt, knowing that a cruel axeman, so to speak, was about to split it into two nondescript chunks of meat, into Betty and Bobby Brown.

britannica

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* * * I have an Encyclopaedia Britannica here in the lobby of the Empire State Building, which is the reason I am able to give Dostoevski his middle name.

calmingly

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My voice did not have the authority to announce calmingly but convincingly that, in effect, the world had just turned upside down.

caucasian

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"A ticket to Mars for a rather large Caucasian lady in Peru," he replied.

chinaman

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"Ask a Chinaman!"

clydesdale

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I had a horse of my own, a great Clydesdale.

cordiner

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That was Eliza's and my experience with Dr. Cordelia Swain Cordiner, who was widely believed to be the greatest expert on psychological testing in the world--with the possible exception of China.

cripplingly

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* * * We became almost cripplingly specialized as halves of that genius, which was the most important individual in our lives, but which we never named.

deadfalls

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The company had a safety officer who nearly swooned when he saw this jungle of deadfalls and snares and hair-trigger booby traps.

dematerialize

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He thanked me for my cooperation, and told me that he would now dematerialize and return to China.

einstein

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It is like asking Albert Einstein to balance a checkbook.

eskimo

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They had rarely ventured more than ten miles from Galen, for that matter--and they were necessarily all related to one another, as inbred as Eskimos.

fauntleroy

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She said this to me with all possible nastiness: "Because money talks, 'Little Lord Fauntleroy.'"

feist

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* Copyright (c) 1939, renewed 1966 Leo Feist, Inc., New York, N.Y. 43 MELODY AND ISADORE went down to Wall Street today--to visit Isadore's large family, the Raspberries.

fireplug

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She is built like a fireplug.

footsie

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We had six fingers on each little hand, and six toes on each little footsie.

forgettery

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And, even as we rolled through the lovely country-side, my forgettery set to work.

frankenstein

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"You looked more and more like Frankenstein monsters to me," he said.

freakishness

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We thought of it as being simply one more example of our freakishness, like our extra nipples and fingers and toes.

goatsucker

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"The cry of The Nocturnal Goatsucker," we would say.

halloween

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"Let me guess:" I said out loud, "It's either Halloween or the Fourth of July."

hampshire

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* * * Lest I seem to be fishing for sympathy, let me say right now that Eliza and I in those days were about as emotionally vulnerable as the Great Stone Face in New Hampshire.

harmoniousness

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Any creation which has any wholeness and harmoniousness, I suspect, was made by an artist or inventor with an audience of one in mind.

hippocrates

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Hippocrates."

hoosier

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The blacksmith was told that "Sooners" were human beings, too, no better or worse than "Hoosiers," who were people from Indiana.

humidor

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The infant is enclosed in an ornate box which was once a humidor for fine cigars.

humorlessness

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They do as I do: They call it "Skyscraper National Park," without knowing what the joke is in that, or, with equal humorlessness, "Angkor Wat."

jittering

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Thin clouds of bats stream out from the subway--jittering, squeaking, dispersing like gas.

joshed

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They joshed us a lot.

lovelessness

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It is about desolated cities and spiritual cannibalism and incest and loneliness and lovelessness and death, and so on.

manchu

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* * * He said that his name was Fu Manchu.

mellon

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She was named Eliza Mellon Swain.

mongolian

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We were not mongolian idiots, although we had the coarse black hair typical of mongoloids.

monkeyshines

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"I think we are now marking the end of the era of such tragic monkeyshines.

napoleonic

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It was Napoleonic in tone.

neanderthaloid

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We were neanderthaloids.

pachysandra

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Almost all Pachysandras, for example, could play a musical instrument, or at least sing in tune.

ragingly

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* * * Eliza and I should have kicked our way through the wall at that point--should have entered the library ragingly, in an explosion of plaster and laths.

screamingly

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They never failed to bargain in good faith with their destinies, and were screamingly adorable and funny on that account.

shakespearean

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She had traveled all the way from Peru to deliver one-half of a Shakespearean sonnet.

steeplejack

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Or this: "Astronomy is to geology as steeplejack is to what?"

teemingly

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As far as they are concerned, the most glorious accomplishment of the people who inhabited this island so teemingly was to die, so we could have it all to ourselves.

texan

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Dr. Mott was a Texan, incidentally, a melancholy and private young man.

tosca

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* * * I told him that I had been going to operas recently, and that the set for the first act of Tosca had looked exactly like the interior of Union Station in Indianapolis to me.

tourette

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The pills were a treatment for the socially unacceptable symptoms of Tourette's Disease, whose sufferers involuntarily spoke obscenities and made insulting gestures no matter where they were.

unimitative

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

weathertight

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Their brownstone still stands, and it is still snug and weathertight.

zeiss

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But now I caught her tinkering idly with a beautiful Zeiss microscope, which one of her slaves had unearthed in the ruins of a hospital only the day before.