Word Nerd 2.12- Spastic

Source: Paper Towns By John Green, Page 121

Context: “A few minutes later, as I glanced toward the clock for only the thirty-seventh time, I saw Ben Starling standing outside the classroom door, a hall pass in his hand, dancing a spastic jig

In Their Words:

Pathology pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by spasm, especially tonic spasm.
Slang Offensive awkward or clumsy

In My Words: Moving in a not so elegant way.



Word Nerd 2.11- Cavalier

Source: Paper Towns by John Green, Page 153

Context:  “You’re being kind of cavalier about it”

In Their Words:

haughty, disdainful, or supercilious:an arrogant and cavalier attitude toward others.
offhand or unceremonious:The very dignified officials were confused by his cavalier manner.

In My Words: Thinking they’re better then everyone else


Word Nerd 2.9- Atlases

Source: Paper Towns by John Green, Page 216

Context: When I was a kid I would look at atlases, and just the looking was kind of like being somewhere else.”

In Their Words:

bound collection of maps.
bound volume of charts, plates, or tables illustrating any subject.
Anatomy the first cervical vertebra, which supports the head.
size of drawing or writing paper, 26 × 34 or 33 inches.

In My Words: A book with tons of maps of the world and different countries around the world.


Word Nerd 2.8- Melodramatic

Source: Paper Towns by John Green, Page 257

Context: “Q, it’s not so melodramatic as that. She’s a secretary at a law firm- look how she’s dressed.”

In Their Words: 

of, like, or befitting melodrama.

exaggerated and emotional or sentimental; sensational or sensationalized; overdramatic.


In My Words: Over exaggerating everything, being overly dramatic about small things.

Word Nerd 2.7- Orrery

Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- Page 176

Context: At first I’m not sure what I’m looking at. It’s like reading a seemingly random collection of words before the sentence becomes clear. “It’s beautiful,” I say. “It’s called an orrery.”

In their words:

an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites,etc., in the solar system


In my words: A solar system model.


Word Nerd 2.4- Scrumptious

Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- page 59

Context: “It’s just wonderful, my dear. But how will he eat all that scrumptious food with his helmet on?”



In my words: Absolutely perfect and delicious.


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