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  • When someone says windows in a word association game, do you answer drapes?

    I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke

  • “Spinster” was not a word she had ever used to describe herself, but others no doubt had.

    Plain Language

  • Sure, a word or two—“Good boy,” “Giddy-up,” that kind of thing.

    Plain Language

  • The president appreciated that his defense secretary didnt play out his battles in the media unlike, say, Powell and that he never uttered a word of disloyalty toward him.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Kirk started to say something else to Spock, but his first officer straightened up quickly, and without a word walked from the room.


  • Uncanny is a word Claire sometimes hears in her head.

    Some Fun

  • Without a word Joshua slid a section of the paper across the table to her, and she, too, relapsed into quiet perusal.


  • It was useless to say that to Francisco, however, who had already moved, and it was unpleasant at that particular moment to hear a word such as molesto, even though I knew the Italian meaning differed in certain ways from the English cognate.

    The Italian Summer

  • And even though it makes no sense, a word forms in my mouth, the only word I think I can say other than her name.


  • Lunacy must be a word that is common in her language and I admired her use of it, and love sounded like “loave.”

    The Double Life is Twice as Good


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