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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?)


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Nov. 30th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I remember high school political stories. We had to write a story in the style of Modern Nathaniel Hawthorne, criticizing society, and somehow I decided this meant a futuristic dystopia wherein, because of a past unnamed president with an extremely low IQ having had a disastrous effect on the US and the world, only people with acceptably high IQs were allowed all the rights of citizens. Everyone at my school seemed to be grumbling about "There oughta be a test, and all these stupid people (who aren't like me and don't agree with me) shouldn't be allowed to vote! THAT would make the country a better place!" Most of them didn't seem to realize how incredibly bad this idea was.

...Oh man, I found it. You can also really tell I was going through the college standardized test shuffle when I wrote it. Watch me fumblingly try to write about issues of privilege without having actually heard of privilege!

Does your Dubya Takes Over The World story still exist? I'm having trouble imagining such a story written seriously, although perhaps it's because by now he's the butt of every joke and back then he was more threatening, since we had to put up with him for longer.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh man, I've heard people say the same thing about an intelligence test before voting, not realizing that a democracy doesn't work unless, you know, people vote. And that means even the everyidiot.

As for the Dubya Takes Over the World story, I went through my stuff and through my online archives around that time and couldn't find it. A print copy could exist, though. I'll have to keep looking when I'm in town for Christmas.
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