Uncollected Works Vocabulary List

astrodome

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The Astrodome was brand new in those days.

birdland

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There's nothing actually wrong with him, it's just that he used to be a bop drummer, and now he wishes he were back with the boys at Birdland and Eddie Condon's.

britannica

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Soon, whenever a stocking- frame was found sabotaged - this had been going on, sez the Encyclopedia Britannica, since about 1710 - folks would respond with the catch phrase "Lud must have been here."

burgoo

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That "burgoo," with the frozen ducks in it?

burma

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A year later, young Eric was back in England with his mother and sister, and did not return to the region until 1922, as a junior officer of the Indian Imperial Police, in Burma.

bushwack

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Then up spake Sir Bushwack, a sturdy youth with a broad beam and a low center of gravity: "Where is the bloke?

cannonballed

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Just as Mr. Woodgrouse opened the lab door, out tore Crazy, yelling at the top of his lungs, and he cannonballed into the inspector.

catastasis

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As catastasis yields to catastrophe, shots of Barthelme are gradually replaced with shots of people talking about him, and shots of the city, parkland, sunsets, hospitals, and the like.

corinthian

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The operative text here would seem to be from II Corinthians, "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise."

cuban

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His mother was Irish and his father Cuban.

dickensian

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In cities such a willingness to socialize can lead a man up peculiar streets indeed, anything from all-out Uzi-toting misanthropy to a full Dickensian embrace of human diversity, foolishness and all.

dismayingly

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He was in fact dismayingly successful with the wolf story, which he was using then mainly to hustle coeds, often those on whom one had sort of had one's own eye.

doubleganger

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You're sure you're not his doubleganger."

elizabethan

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As any Elizabethan could tell you if they all weren't dead, melancholy is a far richer and more complex ailment than simple depression.

eurasia

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In imagining Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, Orwell seems to have made a leap in scale from the Teheran talks, projecting the occupation of a defeated country into that of a defeated world.

frankenstein

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By that December, as it happened, Mary Shelley was working on Chapter Four of her novel "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus."

guayaba

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"I think that a novel about love is as valid as any other," he once remarked in a conversation with his friend, the journalist Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza (published as "El Olor de la Guayaba," 1982).

hotrod

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He tears around in a long, baby-blue hotrod sedan, and he's always telling be-bop jokes in class.

interchapter

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Another combination of interest is the interchapter material from Overnight to Many Distant Cities, which furnishes an instance of Barthelme's way with dream material.

jiveass

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His own approach to women was never less than courtly and sensitive, though not without perhaps one or two jiveass moments.

lacustrian

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"They flew over the lake dwellings of the Trojas in Cataca, painted in lunatic colors, with pens holding iguanas raised for food and balsam apples and crepe myrtle hanging in the lacustrian gardens.

luddite

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To Be A Luddite?

lutheran

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How go on the weavers - the breakers of frames - the Lutherans of politics - the reformers?"

nonbelief

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As religion was being more and more secularized into Deism and nonbelief, the abiding human hunger for evidence of God and afterlife, for salvation - bodily resurrection, if possible - remained.

oceania

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Project this will to power four decades into the future, and you could easily end up with Ingsoc, Oceania and Big Brother.

ojibwa

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He's Ojibwa.

orwell

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In 1933, with the publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, he adopted the pseudonym of George Orwell, which was the name he was known by from then on.

overdramatized

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Here, in "Medieval Roots of the Industrial Revolution," Terry S. Reynolds suggests that the early role of the steam engine (1765) may have been overdramatized.

premortal

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At the same time, where would any of us be without all that romantic infrastructure, without, in fact, just that degree of adolescent, premortal hope?

prometheus

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By that December, as it happened, Mary Shelley was working on Chapter Four of her novel "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus."

punchier

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Hence the equivalent term "mortal," as well as the punchier English "deadly."

redlined

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These genres, by insisting on what is contrary to fact, fail to be Serious enough, and so they get redlined under the label "escapist fare."

ricing

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At ricing time, you see, all the families are together, everyone happy, Togetherness in Ojibwa land.

roumanian

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"Whay aw yew, yew mothuhlovin Roumanian."

seconal

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It got bad, very bad, two years ago and I tried to straighten everything out with an act of Debby Considine, by taking rather more than the prescribed amount of Seconal.

stalin

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And that was just in England - abroad, the impulse had been further corrupted, in immeasurably more sinister ways, leading at length to the Stalinist gulags and the Nazi death camps.

stalinism

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Orwell seems to have been particularly annoyed with the widespread allegiance to Stalinism to be observed among the Left, in the face of overwhelming evidence of the evil nature of the regime.

stalinist

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And that was just in England - abroad, the impulse had been further corrupted, in immeasurably more sinister ways, leading at length to the Stalinist gulags and the Nazi death camps.

subgod

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Nixon by then had already mutated into a desperate and impersonal force, no longer your traditionally human-type President, but now some faceless subgod of folly.

suffolk

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Orwell was one of the names he had used while tramping round England, and may have been suggested by a river of the same name in Suffolk.

swedish

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The room was sparsely furnished in Swedish modern and carpeted wall to wall.

teheran

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The Teheran Conference was the first Allied summit meeting of the Second World War, taking place late in 1943, with Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin in attendance.

telescreen

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The two-way telescreen bears a close enough resemblance to flat plasma screens linked to 'interactive' cable systems, circa 2003.

tokay

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Or, on down the street, vacant lots, still looking charred around the edges, winking with emptied Tokay, port and sherry pints, some of the bottles peeking out of paper bags, others busted.

tradesfolk

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Landlords and local tradesfolk were also encouraged to report to the Administration the presence of coeds in off-campus apartments, such as Farina's.

transmogrify

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Some see it for what it is--this come-on, this false welcome, this attempt to transmogrify the reality of Watts into the unreality of Los Angeles.

victorian

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Soon a number of us were talking in Warlock dialogue, a kind of thoughtful, stylized, Victorian Wild West diction.

watergate

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Trying to describe Barthelme's politics is as dodgy as trying to label his work, but Watergate sure did get him revved up.

windigo

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Siegel knew about the Windigo, all right.

woodgrouse

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Nobody seems to know why they call the place Hamster High, other than the highly debatable rumor that its founder, J. Fattington Woodgrouse, had a strong liking for the fuddy little creatures.