stunned or confused and slow to react
“It’s probably Jehovah’s Witnesses,” Trey calls
groggily from his room.
lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality
Yeah, my mom and dad were those
stereotypical teen parents.
an option that is selected automatically
“Unfortunately, I’m the middleman by
default. You’re still pissed about what he said at Sal’s, huh?”
having the nature of threatening evil
What if he’s really a fifty-year-old man who lives in his mom’s basement and has a
malicious plot to murder me...
three people or things considered as a unit
He and Malik. Like the Unholy
Trinity is now a duo.
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
“I don’t believe you. You hold
grudges like cheapskates hold money.”
relating to a symbolic figure
“The Hard Core cover alone is
iconic,” says Miles. “From a visual standpoint, the aesthetic—”
a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
“The Hard Core cover alone is iconic,” says Miles. “From a visual standpoint, the
move or walk stealthily
Even though it’s all he says, Miles
slinks back and quietly messes around with his phone, as if we weren’t just having a conversation.
resembling a dream
surreal. I can’t thank you enough for what you did.”
a reckless, impetuous, irresponsible person
No, she was being the
hothead she always is.
send a bill to
“No problem. I’ll
invoice you for my bodyguard work.”
have the idea for
See, those words started in my head. Mine.
Conceived from my thoughts and my feelings.
provoke or stir up
“I guess it’s fine ’cause he was chanting your song! Forget the fact he
incited a riot!”
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
“Our top story: A student
rally turned violent earlier today at Midtown School of the Arts,” the newscaster says.
a noisy riotous fight
“Security officials were physically attacked by several students,” Sullivan says. “According to eyewitnesses, it didn’t take long for the
melee to begin.”
not genuine or real
I glance down at my
faux pair. The bottom has slowly started to separate from the rest of the boot.
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
Peripheral vision is the devil.
subject to deletion on political or moral grounds
Don't let them
censor you, Bri!
a personal belief or judgment
Her thirteen-year-old son loves it, she says, but according to her, I “spend the entire track rapping about things that would make any parent hit the Stop button immediately, including boasts about guns and antipolice
organized opposition to authority
She goes on to mention the
uprising at Midtown and actually says, “It only makes sense that a song that encourages violence encouraged them to act violently.”
expressive of contempt
White girls don’t get sent to the office for making
in a manner characterized by incongruity or unexpectedness
Any other day, I would’ve
ironically shouted, “Hallelujah!”
a rapid and irregular heart beat
Regardless, I hope my video gives them heart
cry or whine with snuffling
blubber. “Please don’t take it.”