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1 Thirteen Reasons Why Vocabulary Hutchinson English 11

2 Baker’s dozen “Baker’s dozen,” I mumble. Then I feel disgusted for even noticing it.

3 Inference Baker’s dozen—a group of thirteen

4 Serrated I watch her tear the slip across the serrated plastic and drop it into a wastebasket.

5 Inference Serrated—having notched, tooth like projections

6 Meanders It leads through the front doors and turns into a hallway, which meanders between rows of lockers and classrooms on both sides, finally entering the always-open door to first period.

7 Example/Explanation Meanders—to follow a winding and turning course

8 Contemplating He’s always looking out windows, contemplating something.

9 Inference Contemplating—considering thoughtfully

10 Spindles I hold my finger over the button, listening to the soft hum in the speakers, the faint squeak of the spindles winding the tape, waiting for her voice to return.

11 Inference Spindles—slender mechanical parts that revolve

12 Motivation But this tape is not about your motivation, Alex. Though that is coming up. This tape is about how people change when they see your name on a stupid list.

13 Inference Motivation—the act of providing a reason to do something

14 Repercussions So, to back up a bit, this tape isn’t about why you did what you did Alex. It’s about the repercussions of what you did. More specifically, it’s about the repercussions to me.

15 Inference Repercussions—an indirect effect, influence or result produced by an event or action

16 Erratically Across the street, the neon sign of Restless Video flickers erratically.

17 Synonym Erratically—done in a way lacking consistency or regularity

18 Mesmerized I just watched those lips move up and down. Mesmerized when she said things like “slippery slope,” which, behind her lips, exposed the underside of her tongue.

19 Inference Mesmerized—hypnotized

20 Condescending And when this guy saw me upset, did he apologize? No. Instead, he got aggressive. Then, in the most condescending way, he told me to relax.

21 Inference Condescending—dealing with a person in a way that assumes one is superior to the other person

22 Montage Because when I close my eyes, everything happens in a kind of montage. Laughing. Trying hard not to spill our drinks. Waving our hands while we talk.

23 Example Montage—group of pictures sequenced and superimposed to create a single impression

24 Decelerates I hold myself steady as the bus decelerates and pulls into the curb.

25 Example Decelerates—slows down

26 Candid But is that the only way you use this stuff? Candid shots of the student body?

27 Inference Candid—not posed or rehearsed

28 Initiative Before coming here, I took the initiative to look up the word “candid” in the dictionary.

29 Inference Initiative-the power, ability or instinct to begin or follow through energetically with a plan or task

30 Spontaneous So tell me, Tyler, those nights you stood outside my window, was I spontaneous enough for you? Did you catch me in all my natural, unposed…

31 Synonym Spontaneous—happening without any apparent external cause

32 Nostalgia We all know the sound a camera makes when it snaps a picture. Even some digitals do it for nostalgia’s sake.

33 Inference Nostalgia—bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past

34 Validate I wanted someone to be afraid for me. I wanted someone to validate my fears.

35 Inference Validate—to confirm

36 Grotesque They mark special occasions, write horrible poetry, sketch things that are beautiful or grotesque, or just rant.

37 Inference Grotesque—characterized by distortion

38 Anthology Here, Courtney, is your contribution to the anthology of my life.

39 Inference Anthology—collection of literary pieces such as poems, short stories or plays

40 Compelled Why do I feel so compelled to follow her map? I don’t need to. I’m listening to the tapes, every single one, front and back, and that should be enough.

41 Inference Compelled—forced

42 Stifle I can’t stifle a laugh at my own lame joke.

43 Inference Stifle—to cut off

44 Callousness Like the person who grabbed my a** at Blue Spot Liquor, what he was about to say was just an aftereffect of someone else’s actions— someone else’s callousness.

45 Inference Callousness—state of being unfeeling

46 Decipher Decipher a bunch of notes scribbled on the board probably five minutes before class started, then copy them down in your notebook.

47 Inference Decipher—to read or interpret (something ambiguous, obscure or illegible)

48 Pessimist I could leave the office a pessimist and take my survey with me.

49 Inference Pessimist—person with a tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation

50 Optimist Or I could leave it as an optimist and hope for the best.

51 Explanation Optimist—person with a tendency to expect the best possible view of a situation

52 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.

53 Inference Egging—encouraging or inciting to action

54 Wary I was a little wary of Marcus. A little suspicious.

55 Synonym Wary—on one’s guard—watchful

56 Pathetic I’m sorry if this sounds pathetic, but you know it’s true. You’ve never gone there by yourself, have you?

57 Inference Pathetic—arousing pity

58 Melodramatically I knew he was there, of course. He was practically staring at me. And, eventually, melodramatically, he cleared his throat.

59 Inference Melodramatically—in an exaggerated emotional way

60 Confront While my original plan called for me to confront you right then and there, I jumped to the side—out of the doorway.

61 Inference Confront– to come face to face with hostility

62 Prologue For the rest of you listening, the note was addressed to Zach by name. Maybe he sees it now as a prologue to these tapes.

63 Inference Prologue—an introductory passage in a book

64 Averting The haircut. Averting your eyes in the halls. You were careful, but still, there were signs.

65 Inference Averting—turning away

66 Tinged But everything they said—everything!—came tinged with annoyance.

67 Inference Tinged—affected by faintly

68 Subtlety My first few attempts were a bit sad. Not much depth or subtlety.

69 Inference Subtlety—characterized by skill or ingenuity

70 Abstract That’s what I love about poetry. The more abstract the better. The stuff where you’re not sure what the poet’s talking about.

71 Inference Abstract—not easily understood

72 Orb Who says “orb” instead of “ball” or “sphere?”

73 Definition Orb—a sphere

74 Abrasive I pull a napkin out of the holder and wipe the abrasive paper across my eyes.

75 Inference Abrasive—harsh, rough

76 Stellar Normally, when a person has a stellar image, another person’s waiting in the wings to tear them apart.

77 Inference Stellar—outstanding

78 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.

79 Inference Silhouette—an outline of something that appears dark against a light background

80 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.

81 Inference Surreal—having an oddly dreamlike quality

82 Intrusive The questions were personal, as if catching up for the time we let pass. Yet the questions never felt intrusive.

83 Inference Intrusive—forced in without invitation

84 Potential Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.

85 Inference Potential—capable of being but not yet in existence

86 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.

87 Inference Rationalize—devise self-satisfying but incorrect reasons for one’s behavior

88 Stabilizing I stood up, stabilizing myself with one hand on the bed.

89 Inference Stabilizing—making immobile

90 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.

91 Inference Preconditioned—accustomed to in advance

92 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….

93 Example Rager– a large, loud party

94 The snowball effect How did you get to this point? I know you can’t sum it all up. It’s the snowball effect…..It’s one thing on top of another. It’s too much, isn’t it?

95 Inference The snowball effect—something that grows in significance in larger and larger amounts as time passes

96 Conspiracy Not like a conspiracy or anything. But it feels like I never know when something’s going to pop out of the woodwork.

97 Inference Conspiracy—a secret agreement by a group to perform an evil act

98 Moonlighting Teachers, especially a teacher moonlighting as a counselor, tend to get left out of student gossip.

99 Example Moonlighting—working at a job in addition to one’s fulltime job


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