Slow Learner Vocabulary List

addlepated

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Young, addlepated.

airedale

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While they were floundering around in the water it occurred to them that this would be a good time to swim out to the carrier Intrepid and stomp hell out of a few airedales.

anglos

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But us Anglos all look like that.

arabiyeh

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"Arabiyeh," he roared, gleeful.

armageddon

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Not just a small incidental skirmish in the race to carve up Africa, but one pip-pip, jolly-ho, up-goes-the-balloon Armageddon for Europe.

armenian

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As soon as the ship docked in Caracas they went over the hill and lived off the proceeds of a barmaid, an Armenian refugee named Zenobia, sleeping with her on alternate nights, for two months.

aspca

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"You are a damned ASPCA, is what you are.

aubade

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"Aubade," he said, "go see."

austrian

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An Austrian Lloyd steamer from Trieste also touched at Brindisi; was the only other they would have taken.

baedeker

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It wasn't till "Under the Rose" (1959) that I could bring myself, even indirectly, to credit guidebook eponym Karl Baedeker, whose guide to Egypt for 1899 was the major "source" for the story.

boccie

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Let the world shrink to a boccie ball.

cajun

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It's the goddam Cajuns again.

callisto

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The last bass notes of The Heroes' Gate boomed up through the floor and woke Callisto from an uneasy sleep.

chablis

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On the second step he tripped and fell: proceeded whirling and bouncing, followed by sounds of glass breaking and a spray of Chablis punch and lemonade, to the bottom.

climbable

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After he had smoked half a cigarette he got to his feet and noticed a tree next his own window, easily climbable.

copters

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A hundred yards away, one by one, like giant insects, army helicopters were taking off to see what was left of Creole.

crimea

(vocab lists with crimea)
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In the Crimea, at Spicheren, at Khartum; it could make no difference.

eisenhower

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While Eisenhower was in, there seemed no reason why it should all not just go on as it was.

fingan

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He listened now as Goodfellow drew up a chair and summoned a waiter in wretched Arabic: "Hat fingan kahwa bisukkar, ya weled."

fugally

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That music rose in a tangled tracery: arabesques of order competing fugally with the improvised discords of the party downstairs, which peaked sometimes in cusps and ogees of noise.

greenboard

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Sketched a rough plan view of the school building with chalk on his greenboard on the wall.

jeroboam

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He promised the crew a jeroboam of champagne each the day Havana was captured.

khedival

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Goodfellow was staying at the Hotel Khedival, seven blocks away.

languishment

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Hearing the languishment in that voice, Porpentine wondered idly if she were bud or bloom; or perhaps a petal blown off and having nothing to belong to anymore.

libyan

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Under the Rose AS THE AFTERNOON progressed, yellow clouds began to gather over Place Mohammed Ali, casting a tendril or two back toward the Libyan desert.

lyonnaise

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"; "Lyonnaise" was spelled without an e. Both were underlined.

milko

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"Well, that makes you a milko, man," said Mr. McAfee, with a wan smile.

millieme

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He arose, left a piastre and a millieme on the table and nodded to Porpentine, who now stood watching him.

muffet

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MUFFET is top secret."

pesthole

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Sitting here in the most wretched pesthole in the armed forces, on an ass that gets broader every month.

plowboy

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"He's just a plowboy."

porpentine

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Attentive fans of Shakespeare will notice that the name Porpentine is lifted from Hamlet, I, v. It is an early form of "porcupine."

purey

(vocab lists with purey)
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"Punctuality," he would declaim, rolling the word at you like an invincible purey, "is not one of your salient virtues."

quebec

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Me and Kermie went out and did another count on cars at points Foxtrot and Quebec.

rotarian

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"Rotarian.

ruthful

(vocab lists with ruthful)
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He pursed his lips, ruthful in that quiet.

shaggier

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The minister must have taken a romantic attitude toward the whole business: the house rose in a big mossy tumulus out of the earth, its color that of one of the shaggier prehistoric beasts.

sitrep

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"Sir," he said, "I recommend that you go out and obtain a sitrep.

sonarman

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Pig told about how he and a sonarman named Feeny had stolen a horse-drawn taxi in Barcelona.

sophisticating

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I suppose it is as close to a Beat story as anything I was writing then, although I thought I was sophisticating the Beat spirit with second-hand science.

stonier

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"Rizzo's right," Baxter said, "they don't come no stonier than Ft. Roach, Louisiana."

stradivarius

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At this point Flange had attempted to brain his psychiatrist with the Stradivarius.

stravinsky

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Any tango, but more than any perhaps the sad sick dance in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat.

teutonic

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The name Moldweorp is Old Teutonic for "mole"--the animal, not the infiltrator.

theban

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Is mad to see the Theban ruins at Luxor."

transvaal

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"You were in the Transvaal together," the girl marveled.

unsunned

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Shiny and black against the unsunned flesh was a miniature electric switch, single-pole, double-throw, sewn into the skin.

veinings

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Music laced the interior of the tiny, Gothic house with certain intricate veinings, weird petal-shapes.

victorian

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My reading at the time also included many Victorians, allowing World War I in my imagination to assume the shape of that attractive nuisance so dear to adolescent minds, the apocalyptic showdown.

volkswagen

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"You can have the Volkswagen," Cindy said, "and take some shaving gear and a clean shirt."