Decipher Decipher a bunch of notes scribbled on the board probably five minutes before class started, then copy them down in your notebook.
Inference Decipher—to read or interpret (something ambiguous, obscure or illegible)
Pessimist I could leave the office a pessimist and take my survey with me.
Inference Pessimist—person with a tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation
Optimist Or I could leave it as an optimist and hope for the best.
Explanation Optimist—person with a tendency to expect the best possible view of a situation
Egging I don’t know, without her as an audience egging me on, I doubt I would have agreed to go out with him that fast. But I was playing it up. Giving her something to brag about at cheer practice.
Inference Egging—encouraging or inciting to action
Wary I was a little wary of Marcus. A little suspicious.
Silhouette The garage door began to lift and, in the glow of the red taillights, the silhouette of a man pushed the heavy door all the way up.
Inference Silhouette—an outline of something that appears dark against a light background
Surreal But whatever the reason, it felt surreal. Two people—me and him—one house. Yet he drove away with no idea of his link to me, the girl on the sidewalk.
Inference Surreal—having an oddly dreamlike quality
Intrusive The questions were personal, as if catching up for the time we let pass. Yet the questions never felt intrusive.
Inference Intrusive—forced in without invitation
Potential Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.
Inference Potential—capable of being but not yet in existence
Rationalize And to him I say, Deny it! Go on, deny that I was ever in that room. Deny that I know what you did. Or not what you did, but what you didn’t do. What you allowed to happen. Rationalize why this isn’t the tape you’re making a return appearance on.
Inference Rationalize—devise self-satisfying but incorrect reasons for one’s behavior
Stabilizing I stood up, stabilizing myself with one hand on the bed.
Preconditioned I don’t know, maybe some people are just preconditioned to think about it more than others. Because every time something bad happened, I thought about it.
Inference Preconditioned—accustomed to in advance
Rager A friend of my father’s was out of town and I was watching his house for him, feeding his dog, and keeping an eye on things because there was supposed to be a rager a few doors down….And there was. Maybe not as big as the last party….