We Are What We Pretend To Be Vocabulary List

angeles

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"Dallas, Scranton, Los Angeles--somewhere."

attaboy

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"Attaboy, Haley," he said at last.

beanpole

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"This beanpole could be a crook just like I could be the Queen of England."

beethoven

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Well, you might as well have asked the same question of Lewd-vig van Beethoven.

blowjob

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"Nothing but blowjobs, if you want to call that sex," said Berman.

boozehound

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If there was ever a man who should never have even been alive, that's the boozehound and coke-head who's here tonight to sell you on the many delights of de-destruction."

broadway

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He had first dressed that way, and sported a buzz cut, as an amateur on open-mike nights at "Cutty Sark," an allegedly mob-owned comedy club only eight blocks down Broadway from his dorm at Columbia.

chaplin

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The greatest of old-time comedians, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, had a pretty face, and yet he was neither a castrato nor an androgyne.

cloyingly

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Grenadine is a cloyingly sweet, nonalcoholic, red-orange syrup flavored with pomegranates and is the most exciting ingredient in a Shirley Temple cocktail.

cockamamie

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But as for the woman stalking him in Northampton, he had to ask himself: "What kind of cockamamie police department outside Nazi Germany would have duties for a Diesel-dyke that monumental?"

coolidge

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Chapter 5 CHAPTER 5 The Calvin Theater there in Northampton is named in honor of Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States.

cuban

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The Cuban Missile Crisis?

darnedest

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The darnedest thing happened this morning.

dingdong

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How would you feel if you stuck your dingdong into a woman, with the best of intentions, and she exploded?"

dispiritedly

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Haley sat on the rear corner of the wagon, kicking dispiritedly at the fragile white heads of milkweeds lining the lane.

droningly

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As he had done four times before, Berman came to the apron of the stage, wiggling his fingers at the audience like a mesmerist, and intoned droningly: "You are hypnotized.

einstein

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The last thing we need is another Bill Gates or Albert Einstein."

firetrap

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Ash told the nurse to get him out of "this firetrap."

freakishly

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The niece, only eighteen, was indeed short, but not freakishly so: maybe five feet.

gestapo

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Adolf 's in a rest home for retired SS officers and Gestapo agents in Argentina.

gesundheit

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She said, "Gesundheit!"

goosiest

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You're the goosiest bunch I've spoken to since B'nai B'rith.

grainland

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Haley watched through the back window as the car pulled away, and the silos and red roofs of Ardennes Farm slowly lost their identities in the buff horizon of grainland.

guffawing

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He had been guffawing in agony, in the style of the opening lines of Who's Sorry Now?

gunstock

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cried Mr. Banghart, closing his hand about the gunstock.

hampshire

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As the time for Hope's incarceration in the New Hampshire highlands drew near, she abandoned her stoicism to plead with the General to relent.

heartbreaker

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"The great ones are heartbreakers, and that's what you did to me tonight.

hitler

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Berman said, to them and everybody else there, "Adolf Hitler is still alive.

lobotomized

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The audience was lobotomized.

lovelessly

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She giggled derisively, heartlessly, lovelessly.

maltese

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They were Christians, and the swastika was just one more version of a Christian cross, like the Maltese Cross, the Celtic Cross, the Cross of Lorraine, the Red Cross Cross, Saint Andrew's Cross.

muumuu

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Everybody thought the thug in a muumuu was part of the act!

neanderthal

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In a word: Martha Jones was a female Neanderthal.

olympics

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Berman was dressed onstage exactly as he had been when he, as he put it, "tried out for the Olympics on a craps table at the Taj Mahal."

pomaded

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His face was shaved and scrubbed to the luster of wax apples, and his heavily pomaded hair resembled a patent-leather helmet.

potshotting

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"Just don't go potshotting everything that moves.

predental

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A plain woman, and somewhat dumpy, albeit coming and going in a $60,000 form of transportation, she fell in love with a pretty-faced, redheaded, baritone, predental student: Bob "Paddy" Berman.

resourcefully

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After the booby trap went off, Magda and Bob Berman, one has to say, both behaved honorably and resourcefully within the strict existential limits Fate had set for them.

sawteeth

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The General's out today, trying some new bits that look like bicycle chains with sawteeth along one edge.

schmaltz

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As luck would have it, this "paragon of manly schmaltz," as his own son would come to call him, was also a former Junior Golf Champion of Barnstable County, Cape Cod, where his folks lived.

sheepishness

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Sheepishness.

sisyphus

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Dr. Streit was drunk as a hoot-owl, lying on his back with an open copy of "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus for a roof over his face, when the phone on his bedside table rang and rang.

sneakily

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He was used to being sneakily tailed by plainclothes cops who, he supposed, were hoping to get fifteen minutes of fame by jailing a celebrity.

streit

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Dr. Streit said he didn't know but that he hoped to find out, and she said, "Ingratitude."

twofer

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People cynical about politics were already calling Cynthia Gottlieb Schaffner "a twofer": both a woman and a Jew.

unclog

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We pay the teachers less than garbagemen, make sure there's no money for books or to unclog the toilets, or to fix the leaks in the roof, and make sure there are forty kids in every smelly schoolroom.

uncustomary

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He studied Annie's uncustomary humility.

unprotesting

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He adored Hope's every word and gesture; and Hope, apparently aware of his loving stare, and unprotesting, smiled whenever their eyes met.

unserious

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She followed him to Northampton because she believed that the greatest prophets had preached goodness as stand-up comedians, only pretending to be unserious.

whoopee

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For an orgy of transportation whoopee, friends and neighbors.