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Why, You Reckon? Vocab Terms

Vocabulary from the short story "Why, You Reckon?" by Langston Hughes.
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circulating
to pass from place to place or from person to person; to distribute in a wide area
speakeasies
an illegal bar serving alcohol during Prohibition times
Harlem
a section of New York City predominately populated by minorities of African and Latino descent; original home to the Harlem Renaissance
yonder
distant place in sight; father removed
Dixie Bar
Southern style bar
ofays
slang referring to a person of the Caucasian race
swell
slang for great or in agreement with; to increase in size, a continuous wave that is long and billowing
coalbin
place to store coal for furnaces
reckon
slang for to calculate, estimate, consider, or assume
gizzard
slang for human stomach area; second stomach in birds where partly digested food is finely ground
Prefix: Demo
Meaning: people
Example: democracy,
Suffix: cede, ceed, cess
Meaning: go
Example: proceed
Suffix: cratic, cracy
Meaning: rule, power
Example: democratic
Prefix: Dict
Meaning: say, speak, word
Example: dictionary
Suffix: gamy
Meaning: marriage, union
Example: monogamy, polygamy