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Chapters 1-4

In this novel filled with wordplay, the eternally bored Milo travels to the Lands Beyond and embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Learn these words from Norton Juster's beloved classic.

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  1. dejected
    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.
  2. cartographer
    a person who makes maps
    One (1) map, up to date and carefully drawn by master cartographers, depicting natural and man-made features.
  3. impractical
    not workable
    “The least they could have done was to send a highway with it, for it’s terribly impractical without one.”
  4. wistfully
    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.”
  5. effusive
    uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
    “Is this the right road for Dictionopolis?” asked Milo, a little bowled over by the effusive greeting.
  6. peculiar
    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.
  7. monotonous
    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 monotonous tone.
  8. doldrums
    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.
    “The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”
  9. ordinance
    an authoritative rule
    “Don’t you have a rule book? It’s local ordinance 175389-J.”
  10. unethical
    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!”
  11. surmise
    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!”
  12. speculate
    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!”
  13. indignantly
    in a manner showing anger at something unjust or wrong
    “That’s a ridiculous law,” said Milo, quite indignantly.
  14. brood
    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.”
  15. conciliatory
    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?”
  16. strenuous
    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?”
  17. quizzically
    in a questioning manner
    “The watchdog?” said Milo quizzically.
  18. overwrought
    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.
  19. interject
    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.
  20. disrepute
    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 disrepute.
  21. perilous
    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.
  22. rummage
    search haphazardly
    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.
  23. bunting
    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 bunting.
  24. parchment
    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.
  25. minstrel
    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.
  26. tumult
    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.
  27. decree
    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.
  28. quagmire
    a situation from which extrication is difficult
    Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him—“ quagmire,” “flabbergast,” and “upholstery.”
  29. flabbergast
    overcome with amazement
    Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him—“quagmire,” “ flabbergast,” and “upholstery.”
  30. misapprehension
    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.
  31. adept
    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—”
  32. lavish
    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.
  33. disdain
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    “This,” said the bee with complete disdain, “is the Humbug. A very dislikable fellow.”
  34. prominent
    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.
  35. imposter
    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.”
Created on October 4, 2017 (updated October 16, 2017)

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