attribute human qualities to something
Literally, I take a two-second photograph, and now I’m obstruction
personified. I’m responsible for every subway delay, every road closure, the very phenomenon of wind resistance.
someone who works for an expert to learn a trade
Normally, being an
intern is more boring than terrible...
open to two or more interpretations
Ethan finally chimes in with the most
ambiguous of all emojis: the grimace.
amble past me, and I see they both have man buns.
a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
“Do you think they parked their
tandem bicycle at the mustache-wax parlor?”
marked by casual unconcern or indifference
But I have to channel my inner New Yorker—cool and
hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
I shoot him a
an indirect and usually malicious implication
I hold my hands apart to demonstrate. Because apparently that’s the way to prove it’s not an
make or become wrinkled or creased
furrows his brow.
incapable of being explained or accounted for
inexplicably frantic. Like, my limbs are weird and loose, and my head’s full of cotton.
appear very large or occupy a commanding position
He shifts sideways to face me, but the box
looms between us.
capable of being pulled back
I exhale, hand resting for a moment on the
retractable line barrier.
hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
The universe isn’t going to
thwart plan A just so I’ll go with another version of plan A. This is clearly the universe calling for plan B.
ring or echo with sound
A man’s voice
reverberates through an intercom. “Can I have your attention?”
a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role
People flood into the post office, carrying giant drums and flutes and tubas, blasting a somewhat off-key
rendition of that Bruno Mars song “Marry You.”
most desirable possible under a restriction
I go for Zelda because she teleports and deflects projectiles and shoots fireballs from great distances, which are all
optimal moves for any player looking to avoid hand-to-hand combat.
having one mate
“She’s a huge supporter of Kool Koffee because they donate some portions to charities, and she thinks serious coffee drinkers should be better about where they’re buying coffee. I mean, I’m not ready to be
monogamous with Kool Koffee.”
“Only you could make drinking coffee sound
tending to hint at something improper or indecent
Like when I thought Hudson was going to be mine. How I couldn’t wait to wake up to his face—his beautiful lazy eye, the little bump on his nose, his
suggestive dark eyebrows that don’t match his short auburn hair.
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
Like when I thought Hudson was going to be mine. How I couldn’t wait to wake up to his face—his beautiful lazy eye, the little bump on his nose, his suggestive dark eyebrows that don’t match his short
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive to an individual
The way he changed my worldviews, like whenever he had to push back at idiots in school who got at him because of his effeminate
mannerisms; he really helped me forget my own idiocy on what I thought a man was supposed to look like.
having wisdom that comes with experience
“Humans are complex.” Dylan nods
sagely. “What do you know about him?”
a date or meeting with a love interest
Ben-Jamin and Hudsonien sneak out of Zen Castle late at night and wander into the Dark Woods for a romantic
devote oneself entirely to something
There’s just this part of me that has to
wallow, the part that cues up Les Misérables when I’m sad. I can’t help it. If I’m going to feel something, I want to feel it.
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
But maybe it wasn’t just a
solidarity thing. It didn’t feel like a
solidarity thing. It felt like fate and recognition and standing straighter and oh hello.
of or relating to extreme simplification of form and color
I mean, this whole building gleams. Artsy
minimalist light fixtures? Check. Mirrored elevators? Check. Crisp gray couches and metallic triangular coffee tables? Check and check.
a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
There are lawyers and
paralegals and secretaries and clerks, and everyone seems to know one another, and they definitely all know Mom.
greatly annoyed; out of patience
I’m always vaguely paranoid that Namrata and Juliet are
exasperated by me.
bring together into a single whole or system
Like I’m some high school kid they’re forced to babysit when they’d rather be doing important things like
consolidating the Shumaker files.
showing a sense of shame
Then you caught my eye and gave a
sheepish smile and it was very cute.
the quality of being particular rather than general
“I love the total lack of
specificity,” says Namrata. “He’s like, ‘hey, you look good. Why don’t I give you absolutely no frame of reference for who I am.’”
extremely unpleasant or annoying
I’ve seen Dylan go through a dozen “relationships” since third grade, but he’s never been this
insufferable on day two of knowing a girl.
containing or involving electrically charged particles
Tell us how
ionic bonds are formed and you can earn your freedom.
having unsuitable feminine qualities
I haven’t seen him this quiet since Kim Epstein tried to call him one of the girls as an insult because he’s a little
effeminate, and Harriett blasted Kim’s business for trying to swing at her best friend.