American Gods Vocabulary List

amtrak

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An Amtrak passenger train hit a UPS truck in Idaho, killing the driver of the truck.

arrhythmically

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His heart was pounding arrhythmically in his chest.

asgard

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"Again," said the Lord of Asgard, with an imperious motion of his head, his voice deep and commanding.

bamboula

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Sukey went into the bayou late at night, and she danced the Calinda and the Bamboula.

beerish

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The metal toilet in the cell had backed up, and was filled to the brim with a brown stew of liquid feces and sour, beerish urine.

blobbing

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"Listen, I'm older than you and I'm smarter than you and I'm better lookin' than you," said Mr. Nancy, thumping the bottom of the ketchup bottle, blobbing ketchup over his burnt fries.

brunching

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He was cold, standing in a wood, talking to a big black bird who was currently brunching on Bambi.

bubbies

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"When I was but a young pup," he said, "there was a woman I met, under the stars, who let me play with her bubbies, and she told me my fortune.

buick

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"My nephew, Harry Bluejay, has an '81 Buick.

bunyan

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Then he said, "Paul Bunyan."

burberry

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He wore a Burberry raincoat.

calinda

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He went with the other slaves, in the small hours of the night, to the woods, although it was forbidden, to dance the Calinda, to sing to Damballa-Wedo, the serpent god, in the form of a black snake.

carful

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Shadow had a carful of Wednesday's guests to ferry to the restaurant: the woman in the red sari sat in the front seat beside him.

cherokee

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"Dad's Cherokee," said Sam.

choctaw

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"My wife was Choctaw," said Chapman.

cranelike

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A cranelike man with gold-rimmed spectacles was coming up the sidewalk toward them, peering from side to side as if he were looking for something.

culvers

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Shadow observed a Culvers Frozen Custard Butterburgers sign, and, next to it, a gas station.

danglin

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A voice came from one of three warrior-women who comprised the Morrigan, standing so close together in the shadows that they had become an arrangement of blue-tattooed limbs and dangling crow's wings.

disneyland

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There was a Disneyland quality to the corridor: black Plexiglas walls with lights set in them.

fetisher

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In the food hall Sam Fetisher sidled over to Shadow and smiled, showing his old teeth.

floridian

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asked Nancy, as they strolled through the muggy Floridian night.

frenchwoman

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In this case, a Frenchwoman, although, in deference to American sensibilities, the French covered up her magnificent bosom on that statue they presented to New York.

grifts

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It trades on cupidity and greed, as all great grifts do.

grimm

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Grimm.

guinness

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"Shouldn't you be drinking Guinness?"

hershey

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The two people without whom: Jennifer Hershey at HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doug Young at Hodder Headline in the U.K.

hodder

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The two people without whom: Jennifer Hershey at HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doug Young at Hodder Headline in the U.K.

icelandic

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"I don't speak Icelandic."

ifrit

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There were ifrits and piskies, giants and dwarfs.

irishman

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I'll stick with Mister Jack Daniel's, and for the freeloading Irishman...?"

kinged

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He took a white piece from the pile beside the board and kinged his man.

lovat

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He found what he was looking for mentioned as an aside in the January minutes: Jessie Lovat, age not given, "a Negro child," had vanished on the night of December 28.

marid

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"My grandmother swore that she had seen an ifrit, or perhaps a marid, late one evening, on the edge of the desert.

mithra

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He took it from Mithras.

nakeder

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It would be hard to be nakeder than this open thing.

newfoundland

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The Basque established their secret sacred fishing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland twelve hundred years back.

newgate

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She was taken to Newgate and charged with returning from transportation.

nubia

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Makes me think of the people from Punt, Ophir, Nubia.

patagonia

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He could walk to Patagonia, or to Tierra del Fuego.

pennywinkle

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To get to the farm they had had to drive for almost an hour south from Blacksburg, to drive roads with names like Pennywinkle Branch and Rooster Spur.

polynesian

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Here's another that shows there were Polynesians in California nearly two thousand years later.

popeye

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He drove through Chester ("Home of Popeye").

rattish

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Pale blonde hair, something rattish about the face.

reykjavik

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POSTSCRIPT Reykjavik, in Iceland, is a strange city, even for those who have seen many strange cities.

runelike

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He was doodling with his fingernail in the spilled salt, making squat, blocky, runelike shapes.

shackler

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Then the shackler chains the beef up, hauls it up, then they cut the throat.

transportee

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There were two hundred transportees on that ship, packed into the hold like so many fat hogs on their way to market.

tyburn

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In the days where you could be hanged in London from Tyburn's triple-crowned tree for the theft of twelve pennies, the Americas became a symbol of clemency, of a second chance.

vishnu

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Brahma creates, Vishnu preserves, Shiva destroys, and the ground is clear for Brahma to create once more."

woolworth

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Thus, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, F. W. Woolworth (of blessed memory): store brands maintained and visible across the entire country.