While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction Vocabulary List

ashpan

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"Yeah--and dented the ashpan hopper," he said gravely.

audubon

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As nearly as I could tell, he and the Spirit of Christmas had as little in common as a farm cat and the Audubon Society.

bowser

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I gave her a Bowser M-1 4-8-2 for her birthday, and she hasn't had it out of the roundhouse once in six months."

buick

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Arny Pappas gave me a yellow Buick convertible all my own.

bunyan

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Ben was in clamming clothes, as big as Paul Bunyan, in hip boots, two layers of trousers, four layers of sweaters, and a villainous black cap.

buoyance

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The buoyance grew as Ruth saw how selfish Mrs. Faulkner was by comparison.

cabstand

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The cabstand was empty, but Annie told a redcap Hawkins's address, and he directed her to a bus that would take her there.

cadillac

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"She got the Cadillac."

catalina

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He's stopping off here on his way from Monte Carlo to Catalina."

chuckhole

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As the sun came up we turned off the highway and banged over chuckholes into the hometown of the General Household Appliances Company.

codders

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"Now, isn't God good to Cape Codders," said Rose, "putting all that food out there for anybody who needs it?"

coonhound

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Bloodhounds are the gentlest dogs alive, but the ones they've got after Barrow are half coonhound.

cowper

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(illustration credit 9) OUT, BRIEF CANDLE Annie Cowper thought of the letters from Schenectady as having come like a sweet, warm wind at the sunset of her life.

cumbersomely

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His hands worked the air cumbersomely.

fatheaded

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He said it as though I'd made a very fatheaded suggestion.

frankenstein

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"Look, Mrs. Frankenstein," I said to her, "why don't you go off in a corner somewhere and make some ice cubes?

gesundheit

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I did it right into the telephone, and everybody jumped a mile, and then somebody said, "Gesundheit."

hartford

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The previous president, who had been kicked upstairs to chairmanship of the board of directors, was with Millikan now in the company's boardroom in Hartford.

heartbrokenly

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he said heartbrokenly.

hokeypokey

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This seemly shifting of weight was all things to all music, samba, waltz, gavotte, fox-trot, bunny hug, or hokeypokey.

hoosier

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They were out at the Hoosier Appliance Mart.

hotbox

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It was Saturday morning, and Earl "Hotbox" Harrison was at the throttle.

montezuma

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When my wife-to-be got to Pittsburgh, they put her in the Montezuma Forge and Foundry Company's girl pool, with earphones and a Dictaphone and an electric typewriter.

mopus

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"Bewa, scratch, and lucre," it sang, "Mopus, oof, and chink; Jack and bucks and rhino; Bawbees, specie, clink."

niagara

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It represented as terrifying a test as walking a tightrope across Niagara Falls.

nuttiest

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An audience is the nuttiest thing there is, if you ever stop to think about it.

pipingly

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"I cry all the time," she said pipingly.

pitiability

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Mrs. Faulkner's aggressiveness dissolved instantly into an expression of pitiability.

plonking

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The old man said all this with sad, plonking irony.

rattlingly

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Rose inhaled and exhaled rattlingly.

sahara

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She was playing to George and George was playing to her, and they would have played it the same way if they'd been alone in the middle of the Sahara Desert.

saskatchewan

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One of the great technical minds of our time," he said, "living in a moving van, married to a machine, selling appliances somewhere between Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Flamingo, Florida."

seneca

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"Train number 427, the Seneca, arriving on track four," said the voice in the loudspeaker.

sibilantly

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He answered his own question softly, sibilantly.

simoleons

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"With a plain, ordinary twelve million simoleons," said the Kilraine fortune.

skoal

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"Prosit, skoal, and mud in your eye," he said.

snaggletoothed

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George had already seen how fat-lipped and snaggletoothed she was.

spiritlessly

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"Fine," said Ella spiritlessly.

spondulics

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"Like you helped Kilraine for twelve million spondulics," said the twelve million.

springier

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I'd seen floorboards that were wider and springier than George's cot.

strickenly

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Breed and Dr. Everett glanced at each other strickenly, then did as Millikan told them.

tangoed

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I took her easily in my arms, and we tangoed together into the sitting room.

tangoing

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I opened my door and surprised Robert in the act of tangoing by himself.

unhaunted

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Both were lighthearted, unhaunted by ambition as they sauntered along the factory street to the main gate, outside of which was the Acme Grille.

unhunted

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Ironically, Gratz remained at large and unhunted, since nothing could be proved against him.

victorian

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It was now spotless, and elegantly furnished in dark Victorian furniture.

westinghouse

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"The Westinghouse gas-turbine job," said Earl huskily, awed.

whanging

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A whanging headache was coming on.

wilco

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Wilco.

wispish

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"Frail, wispish counterfeit of my mind's eye, stand aside, dethroned by warm and earthly, vibrant bride of my mind--my Annie as she really is!