Good Old Boy Vocabulary
Terms in this set (40)
To have controlling power or influence; prevail
Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
Darkened with smoke or grime; dirty
Mentally ill; insane
Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation
Someone or something that indicates what is to come, foreshadows; forerunner
The emotion of wonder and excitement over the small-town America of a generation or two ago seemed to ______.
It is a land of lingering orange twilights that cast a burnt glow, old as time itself; of sudden storms that bend the _______ trees into anguished shapes; of smoky afternoons where the cry of a mysterious swamp bird or the sound of an axe on wood carries for miles and miles around.
The main street, stretching its several blocks from the Dixie Theater down to the bend in the river, was always narrow and ____.
Two dead men were stretched out on the floor of the parlor, and the old woman, wearing a black dress caked with cockleburs, had turned her face up to the ceiling and was singing some dreadful incantation, waving her arms in ______ circles all the while.
Fish bones littered the floor, and the smell was unusually ______.
Those who heard its eerie sound were often frightened out of sleep by it, but it was Casey Jones' own private trademark, an on this night many years ago it was a ______ of death and heroism.
Someone or something that receives
Quiet in manner; modest; shy
Gross or servile flattery; behavior used to gain attention
Disagreeable, contrary, stubborn
Offensive, odious, objectionable
To take from or do without
Occurring in the night
Disturbed or annoyed
The act of living in a residence
To make or become extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat
Something left over; remaining
Disinclined to work; habitually lazy
Not protected against harm or injury
Rivers Applewhite was often the ______ of the most beautiful swamp flowers, which Spit brought to town in the spring.
She was without doubt the most beautiful girl in our class, but she was not a _____ kind of beauty.
At noon recess that spring, while the teacher sat on the grass with a group of ______ little girls around her who fetched thugs for her and scratched her back when it itched, gave her little compliments and practiced their Bible verses, held her hand and looked for four lead clovers to put behind her red ears, we were playing softball nearby.
I had never seen that dog acting so ______.
They were extremely _______ visitors, and since Greenwood was a somewhat larger town they lorded over us, calling us country bumpkins and the like, acting for all the world as if they were from Paris or London or Constantinople or the lost underwater island of Atlantis.
Willie Mays trotted over and tossed the ball underhanded across the wire fence to the boys, who had been ______ of a free baseball, and that gesture was performed in such an aristocratic manner that it suddenly brought me back to all the flamboyant sights watching Number Two games.
Some said it was the ______ gathering place of the "river bandits," a notorious cadre of fiendish outlaws who roamed the Yazoo River from its source to its mouth, robbing the houses along the way or catching fishermen by surprise and making off with their money and their fish.
In front of the Post Office Mr. Frank Patty, who ran the Delta National Bank, was talking in an ______ voice to Mr. Son King of the funeral home.
As such things often go, despite our terrible fears and ________, the vote was unanimous in favor of trying to retrieve Billy Rhodes.
To this day every afternoon at 4 p.m. a helicopter from the Mississippi National Guard descends on the grounds, and twenty soldiers with bazookas, hand grenades, and machine guns search the house and the tunnels and secret passages for evidence of _____.
On Sunday afternoons we sometimes drove out of town and along the hot dust my roads to baseball fields that were little more than ______ red clearings, the outfield sloping out of the woods and ending in some fully full of yellowed paper, old socks, and roaches.
Only later did I realize that the were the last and largest of the delta forest, that it was only at the bottom of that 🔼 of the delta, where we were, that the ______ of the old unbroken wildernesshad been left intact.
Then the 12 o'clock whistle at the sawmill sends out it's loud bellow, echoing up the streets to the bend in the River, hardly making a ripple in the heavy ______.
Although much would change, something there remained: some innocent quality that made possible, in the heart of a young and ______ boy, an allegiance and a love for one small place.
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