affected or marked by low spirits
“It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time,” he remarked one day as he walked
dejectedly home from school.
a person who makes maps
One (1) map, up to date and carefully drawn by master
cartographers, depicting natural and man-made features.
“The least they could have done was to send a highway with it, for it’s terribly
impractical without one.”
in a pensively sad manner
As he deposited his coin and rolled past he remarked
wistfully, “I do hope this is an interesting game, otherwise the afternoon will be so terribly dull.”
uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
“Is this the right road for Dictionopolis?” asked Milo, a little bowled over by the
markedly different from the usual
“It’s all very well to spend time in Expectations,” he thought, “but talking to that strange man all day would certainly get me nowhere. He’s the most
peculiar person I’ve ever met,” continued Milo—unaware of how many
peculiar people he would shortly encounter.
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
The sky became quite gray and, along with it, the whole countryside seemed to lose its color and assume the same
a state of inactivity
“Yes...the...Dol...drums,” yawned another voice, but still he saw no one.
“WHAT ARE THE
DOLDRUMS?” he cried loudly, and tried very hard to see who would answer this time.
Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”
an authoritative rule
“Don’t you have a rule book? It’s local
not conforming to approved standards of social behavior
Milo quickly pulled the rule book from his pocket, opened to the page, and read, “Ordinance 175389-J: It shall be unlawful, illegal, and
unethical to think, think of thinking, surmise, presume, reason, meditate, or speculate while in the Doldrums. Anyone breaking this law shall be severely punished!”
infer from incomplete evidence
Milo quickly pulled the rule book from his pocket, opened to the page, and read, “Ordinance 175389-J: It shall be unlawful, illegal, and unethical to think, think of thinking,
surmise, presume, reason, meditate, or speculate while in the Doldrums. Anyone breaking this law shall be severely punished!”
reflect deeply on a subject
Milo quickly pulled the rule book from his pocket, opened to the page, and read, “Ordinance 175389-J: It shall be unlawful, illegal, and unethical to think, think of thinking, surmise, presume, reason, meditate, or
speculate while in the Doldrums. Anyone breaking this law shall be severely punished!”
in a manner showing anger at something unjust or wrong
“That’s a ridiculous law,” said Milo, quite
think moodily or anxiously about something
“As you can see, that leaves almost no time for
brooding, lagging, plodding, or procrastinating, and if we stopped to think or laugh, we’d never get nothing done.”
making or willing to make concessions
“You see,” continued another in a more
conciliatory tone, “it’s really quite strenuous doing nothing all day, so once a week we take a holiday and go nowhere, which was just where we were going when you came along. Would you care to join us?”
taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
“You see,” continued another in a more conciliatory tone, “it’s really quite
strenuous doing nothing all day, so once a week we take a holiday and go nowhere, which was just where we were going when you came along. Would you care to join us?”
in a questioning manner
“The watchdog?” said Milo
deeply agitated especially from emotion
My parents were so
overwrought that they gave up having any more children and devoted their lives to doing good work among the poor and hungry.
insert between other elements
“But how did you become a watchdog?”
interjected Milo, hoping to change the subject, as Tock was sobbing quite loudly now.
the state of being held in low esteem
‘If there’s so much of it, it couldn’t be very valuable,’ was the general opinion, and it soon fell into
fraught with danger
As they drove along, Tock continued to explain the importance of time, quoting the old philosophers and poets and illustrating each point with gestures that brought him
perilously close to tumbling headlong from the speeding automobile.
He took a battered suitcase from the gatehouse and began to
rummage busily through it, mumbling to himself, “No...no...no...this won’t do...no...h-m-m-m...ah, this is fine,” he cried triumphantly, holding up a small medallion on a chain.
a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.
“I wonder what the market will be like,” thought Milo as they drove through the gate; but before there was time for an answer they had driven into an immense square crowded with long lines of stalls heaped with merchandise and decorated in gay-colored
a superior paper resembling sheepskin
And, from across the square, five very tall, thin gentlemen regally dressed in silks and satins, plumed hats, and buckled shoes rushed up to the car, stopped short, mopped five brows, caught five breaths, unrolled five
parchments, and began talking in turn.
a singer of folk songs
Sacks and boxes were piled high waiting to be delivered to the ships that sailed the Sea of Knowledge, and off to one side a group of
minstrels sang songs to the delight of those either too young or too old to engage in trade.
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
But above all the noise and
tumult of the crowd could be heard the merchants’ voices loudly advertising their products.
a legally binding command or decision
There were short ones and easy ones for everyday use, and long and very important ones for special occasions, and even some marvelously fancy ones packed in individual gift boxes for use in royal
decrees and pronouncements.
a situation from which extrication is difficult
Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him—“
quagmire,” “flabbergast,” and “upholstery.”
overcome with amazement
Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him—“quagmire,” “
flabbergast,” and “upholstery.”
an understanding of something that is not correct
“Perhaps—p-e-r-h-a-p-s—you are under the
misapprehension—m-i-s-a-p-p-r-e-h-e-n-s-i-o-n—that I am dangerous,” he said, turning a smart loop to the left.
having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
“You see, years ago I was just an ordinary bee minding my own business, smelling flowers all day, and occasionally picking up part-time work in people’s bonnets. Then one day I realized that I’d never amount to anything without an education and, being naturally
adept at spelling, I decided that—”
characterized by extravagance and profusion
And from around the wagon stepped a large beetle-like insect dressed in a
lavish coat, striped pants, checked vest, spats, and a derby hat.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
“This,” said the bee with complete
disdain, “is the Humbug. A very dislikable fellow.”
conspicuous in position or importance
Why, we fought in the crusades with Richard the Lion Heart, crossed the Atlantic with Columbus, blazed trails with the pioneers, and today many members of the family hold
prominent government positions throughout the world.
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
“You, sir,” shouted the bee very excitedly, “are an
impostor—i-m-p-o-s-t-o-r—who can’t even spell his own name.”