Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Possible Side Effects (week 4 post A)


Pretentious (page 136)- full of pretense or pretension.
Insurmountable (page 140)- incapable of being surmounted, passed over, or overcome; insuperable: an insurmountable obstacle.


"You look like a girl who eats a double helping of carrots".


"By the time he was a year old, KittyKitty was the size of a Labrador".

Possible Side Effects (week 3 post A)


Mortifyingly (page 90)- to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
Horrifically (page 90)- causing horror.


"You're pretty, like me".

"It's like modern art, right there in a magazine".

Possible Side Effects (week 2 post A)

Pathological (page 54)-of or pertaining to pathology.
Hysteria (page 54)-an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.


"the card felt like a body I had stashed in the closet..."

"I would happily spit all my broken teeth into a steel pail and walk around the rest of my like smiling like a crazy person and gumming steamed apples".

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Possible Side Effects (week 1 post A)

Garnish (page 21)- to provide or supply with something ornamental
Debris (page 22)- the remains of anything broken down or destroyed

Examples of figurative language:

"I thought she was beautiful, like a movie star".

"The pit, that ached and tasted metallic, like blood".

both of those quotes are similes because the author uses like