November 30th, 2008

writing: it never killed anyone

Blast into the past: Vocabulary sentences

When I was in high school, we had vocabulary words each week. One of our weekly exercises was the usual: to write sentences using our vocabulary words. I found one week's sentences one week from tenth grade and found them rather amusing.

Date: 3 September (2002, presumably, as Ms. Bell's name is on this paper)

1) Tara looked at me askance as she walked away, and I knew that girl meant business.

2) Though the bird cages in Robert's garage wouldn't be considered aviaries, you would need one to put all thirteen birds in one cage.

(Yes, this is the Robert who pops up now and then, the one I dated--and was dating at the time, according to the date on this paper. His mother really did have thirteen birds.)

3) Even though bigamy might be fun to the man, his other wives probably wouldn't be too happy about it.

4) Melissa's boorish attitude toward her classmates during her campaign eventually cost her the election.

5) Barry, however, was an assiduous student and showed diligence (but not arrogance) during his campaign.

6) When Susan was suffering through depression, it seemed that only Bob could bolster her spirits on a very bad day.

7) "It's going to start raining before you leave," I said as I looked over his shoulder at the bleak sky.

8) He called the next day, though, saying the azure sky meant that it was a perfect day for an impromptu picnic.

(But how would it be impromptu?)

9) In the crazy girl's story, George W. Bush shows great atrocity as he takes over the world.

(We studied utopias in this course, and one of our options for our project was to write a story. Naturally, I took this option, and I wrote a futurized version of the United States in which Bush did exactly this. It was...creepy, to say the least.)

10) Patty was often referred to as a bibliophile because she'd rather read a book than play outside with her friends.

(Dude, what's up with all the passive voice in my sentences?)