Timequake Vocabulary List

aweigh

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Anchors aweigh!

aztec

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Nobody in the whole Western Hemisphere could do it, not even the sophisticated Mayas and Incas and Aztecs could imagine how to do it, until the Europeans came.

beatles

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I reply, "The Beatles did."

bluebeard

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I say in my novel Bluebeard, "Beware of gods bearing gifts."

booboo

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Earth and Booboo were too far apart to ever communicate."

bowdlerizing

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But when Raymond Trout went there as a doctoral candidate with his bride, he found that the females had taken to bowdlerizing the nurturing process by kicking the eggs off the top of the steeple.

brahms

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Johannes Brahms quit composing symphonies when he was fifty-five.

bughouse

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She turned out to be clinically bughouse.

cayuga

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And, oh yes, that same DA would be found wearing cement overshoes on the bottom of Lake Cayuga in just six more years.

charlemagne

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The Emperor Charlemagne confessed he couldn't do it.

colosseum

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The Garden of Eden," said Trout, "might be considered the prototype for the Colosseum and the Roman Games."

cuban

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It was about a Cuban fisherman who hadn't caught anything for eighty-four days.

darwinian

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Listen: A Harvard education for my Uncle Alex wasn't the trophy of a micromanaged Darwinian victory over others that it is today.

fatling

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A fatling is any young animal fattened for slaughter.

frankenstein

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Trout, who had never even earned a High School Equivalency Certificate, had nonetheless become a real-life Dr. Frankenstein!

galahad

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Sir Galahad, the purest in heart and mind, familiarizes himself with this new virtue-compelling appliance.

goebbels

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He is down there with his mistress Eva Braun and a few close friends, including Joseph Goebbels, his Minister of Propaganda, and Goebbels's wife and kids."

hawaiian

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But it would also mean, like the Hawaiian's aloha, "Hello" or "Good-bye."

hepburn

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There is a chance, moreover, that I will see Katharine Hepburn, a real movie star!

hocking

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He went back after a few hours with money he had gotten wherever he could get it, from a friend, from hocking something, from a loanshark.

hoosier

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She and her husband, Jim, also a native Hoosier, are buried whole in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

jeffersonian

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It even asked about surrounding buildings, and whether Jeffersonian architecture would be in harmony with them.

juans

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There is this: Attempted seductions with nothing but words on paper are so cheap for would-be ink-stained Don Juans or Cleopatras!

loanshark

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He went back after a few hours with money he had gotten wherever he could get it, from a friend, from hocking something, from a loanshark.

lordy

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Here is what Trout said when he realized that the ten year rerun was over, that he and everybody else were suddenly obligated to think of new stuff to do, to be creative again: "Oh, Lordy!

manitoba

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Dalhousies, of course, are the commonest woodpeckers in eastern Canada, mainly, ranging from Newfoundland to Manitoba, and from Hudson Bay to Detroit, Michigan.

meathooks

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These were hung on display from meathooks in a marketplace.

michelangelo

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Our father the architect was so full of ecstatic baloney about any work of art Allie made when she was growing up, as though she were the new Michelangelo, that she was shamed.

mopery

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To him, plagiarism was what Trout would have called a mopery, "indecent exposure in the presence of a blind person of the same sex."

mousetrapped

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Little did Julia suspect that Booth would mousetrap her champagne, just as she had mousetrapped her chaperone's beddy-bye slug of wartime white lightning, with chloral hydrate.

newfoundland

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Dalhousies, of course, are the commonest woodpeckers in eastern Canada, mainly, ranging from Newfoundland to Manitoba, and from Hudson Bay to Detroit, Michigan.

nietzsche

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The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, who had syphilis, said that only a person of deep faith could afford the luxury of religious skepticism.

obsequy

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I did not speak at her Episcopal obsequy.

paraphraser

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Lancelot Andrewes was the chief translator and paraphraser among the scholars who gave us the King James Bible.

parisian

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Goebbels replies that such a statement would be appropriate, but that the Parisian cabaret performer Edith Piaf has made a worldwide reputation by singing those same words in French for decades.

prometheus

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Prometheus in Greek mythology makes the first human beings from mud.

scheherazade

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Scheherazade!

scotsman

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His name, though, is nearly identical with that of the major poet Edwin Muir, a Scotsman who died in 1959.

scottish

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At about the same time, friends and neighbors, the Scottish physicist Charles Thomson Rees Wilson performed similar experiments with a cloud chamber made of glass.

scrooch

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What Kilgore Trout did with that cigar was scrooch it out in the saucer.

smarties

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"The smarties had to be getting outside help," Trout said to me at Xanadu.

stalinism

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We found the head of the Russian Department in the library, I remember, and my wife told this melancholy refugee from Stalinism that she had to quit because she had become infected with progeny.

swedish

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He was referring to his son Leon, the deserter from the United States Marines in time of war, subsequently decapitated in a Swedish shipyard.

swoopers

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35 Tellers of stories with ink on paper, not that they matter anymore, have been either swoopers or bashers.

unsweet

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When her parents named her that, they had no idea how unsweet she was going to be.

vinci

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Such essential elements in an ideal diet for a human spirit, of course, can be provided convincingly only by extended families.

voltaire

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He was a Freethinker, which is to say a skeptic about conventional religious beliefs, as had been Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and so on.

whizbang

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There was a high probability back then, with so few shows to choose from, that friends and neighbors were watching the same show we were watching, still finding TV a whizbang miracle.

wiedersehen

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Auf Wiedersehen.

zaire

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The best thing to be when free will kicks in, probably, is a Mbuti, a Pygmy in a rain forest in Zaire, Africa.