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Uncanny
Natural or extraordinary
uncanny ability for finding the fun
Sedate
Dull
It doesn’t matter how sedate the situation
Staid
Serious or dull
how staid the participants
Effervescence
Sparkles
I can bring effervescence to places where boredom seems to permeate the very walls.
Permeate
Penetrate
I can bring effervescence to places where boredom seems to permeate the very walls.
Indomitable
Unconquerable
am the indomitable mistress of mayhem.
Plethora
Excess a large number
Examples? You ask for examples? No problem. I have a plethora of good stories.
Ingenious
Clever or inspired
(I know. It was ingenious.)
Execrable
Disgusting
I refused to give up until I persuaded even my execrable Uncle Morgan to play charades
Eulogy
Speech given at a funeral
I even got the crowd giggling at the funeral of my best friend, Corinne, when I brought up her macaroni-and-cheese obsession during my eulogy.
Appalling
Awful or dreadful
why was I sitting there for the fifth afternoon in a row, watching yet another appalling, mind-numbingly stupid soap opera?
Sequestered
Isolated or apart
I was facing four whole weeks sequestered from all the new friends I’d made
Impervious
Solid or watertight
unless, of course, I’m on the slopes with my snowboard, sporting some sleek, sexy and impervious boarding gear
Tedious
Boring and tiresome
I had already read every last book I would be required to read in next semester’s American Writers course—ten heavy and mostly tedious tomes that were a serious pain to lug across the country—including the unabridged version of Moby-Dick, which, let me tell you, will make you want to scratch your brain out through your ear canal, it’s so oblique.
Tomes
Books
I had already read every last book I would be required to read in next semester’s American Writers course—ten heavy and mostly tedious tomes that were a serious pain to lug across the country—including the unabridged version of Moby-Dick, which, let me tell you, will make you want to scratch your brain out through your ear canal, it’s so oblique.
Unabridged
Full length
I had already read every last book I would be required to read in next semester’s American Writers course—ten heavy and mostly tedious tomes that were a serious pain to lug across the country—including the unabridged version of Moby-Dick, which, let me tell you, will make you want to scratch your brain out through your ear canal, it’s so oblique.
Oblique
Indirect or meandering
I had already read every last book I would be required to read in next semester’s American Writers course—ten heavy and mostly tedious tomes that were a serious pain to lug across the country—including the unabridged version of Moby-Dick, which, let me tell you, will make you want to scratch your brain out through your ear canal, it’s so oblique.
Expunged
Wiped out
My high school friends had been expunged from my life over the past semester, for which I take the brunt of the responsibility.
Brunt
Weight or burden
My high school friends had been expunged from my life over the past semester, for which I take the brunt of the responsibility.
Fastidious
Careful or attentive
I hadn’t been very fastidious about returning phone calls and emails
Fortuitous
Lucy
I was overjoyed by my fortuitous choice of schools
Turgid
Stiff or stilted
no one to distract me from the talk shows and the turgid dramas of these horrid over-actors
Insipid
Dull
My life had become so insipid I could hardly even stand to be around myself.
Extolling
Praising
Mom’s many awards of service, extolling her virtues as a policewoman, lined the walls
Eclectic
Varied or quirky
The eclectic collection of books and videos we had amassed since I was a kid
Effulgent
Bright or beaming
effulgent sun glinted off the snow
Mustering
Gathering
Mustering all my energy, I pushed myself from the comfy faux-suede cushions
Mortifying
Shameful
It was beyond mortifying.
Nocturnal
Active at night
My skin was so pasty you’d think I was a nocturnal being.
Ebullient
Bright and cheerful
At that moment one of those ebullient commercials came on the TV, touting the energizing effects of some nutritional supplement for the elderly.
Epiphany
Sudden realization or awakening
Suddenly I had an epiphany.
Excavate
Dig out
It took a few minutes to excavate my dirt bike from the back of the room
Meticulously
Carefully or thoroughly
items that my mother couldn’t seem to part with but refused to keep in her meticulously clean house.
Euphoria
Exhilaration or joy
The cold air in my lungs and the pumping of my muscles brought on a light-headed kind of euphoria
Ruminate
Think over
There were certain things I just couldn’t ruminate on.
Quaint
Old-fashioned or charming
my quaint hometown
Obligatory
Unavoidable or necessary
lined with Mom-and-Pop businesses, the town library and the obligatory Gap.
Novice
Beginner
Little did I know that Chad was just a smooching novice like me.
Pealed
Rang
As I hit the corner the bell pealed behind me, signaling the end of classes.
Momentum
Force of motion
My insane momentum toward the bottom of the hill sent my heart into my throat
Endangering
Putting in danger
Endangering my own life
Diligently
Thoroughly or industriously
My mother had worked so diligently to become the first female chief in the county
Bliss
Pleasure or enjoyment
The only thing better than the bliss of a good ride was the reward of a steaming pepperoni pizza afterward
Rustic
Rural or old-fashioned
into the rustic front office.
Abdicated
Abandoned
Chief Knox, the man who had abdicated the position of police chief to my mother
Indigenous
Native
fish indigenous to the lakes and streams of Connecticut
Vestiges
Traces or remnants
My mother had taken the helm only last year, and redecorating hadn’t been her top priority, so the vestiges of Chief Knox remained
Diminutive
Tiny
I said to the diminutive female officer who always worked the desk
Infuse
Fill or introduce
Selma had managed to infuse her immediate area with some feminine touches
Superfluous
Extra or unnecessary
She’d probably tossed any superfluous red and green candies first thing in the morning on December 26
Trilled
Spoke musically or warbled
“Kim! It’s so good to see you!” she trilled,
Derisive
The two men were always derisive of Selma’s positive outlook
Sophomoric
Selma thought they were sophomoric and annoying
Ascent
I could tell he was jealous of my mother’s ascent to power
Acrimonious
their relationship was acrimonious.
Malleable
He just wasn’t very self-assured and was therefore malleable
Ribald
He thought Tad’s ribald sense of humor was hysterical and went along with whatever he did