Marine Pfc. William T. Santiago, stationed at Guantanamo, Cuba, just did not measure up to the high standards set by the U.S. Marine Corps. He is killed in a hazing incident perpetrated by Pfc. Lawson Downey and Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson.
barrister = a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law.
Clinton's albatross — now that Gennifer Flower's accusations of adultery have receded into the half-life of media memory — is his convoluted account of dealings with his Arkansas draft board back in 1969…and his responses amount to a tortuous thicket of incomplete and not entirely compatible explanations.
manumit = free from slavery or servitude. [syn: emancipate]
Ira Holloway is a man who loves women, adores their quiddities, luxuriates ceaselessly in their bodies: toes, earlobes, the whole array of earthly delights. When he is paying what would appear to be monomaniacal attention to one sweetheart, he is, naughty fellow, roistering in memory or anticipation with a flotilla of others. This isn't calculated, calloussatyrism; Ira isn't Don Juan. He's helpless, a captive.
quiddity = The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing.
he'll be the one shimmying up to me with an opening line (of picking up girls).
shimmy = A dance popular in the 1920s, characterized by rapid shaking of the body. shimmy.
a smidgen of genius, a sliver of cutting truth.
smidgen = a tiny or scarcely detectable amount.
“I tell you what, George, you've got to wake up,” he said sharply. “Will Henderson has spoken to me three times concerning the matter. He says you go along for hours not hearing when you are spoken to and acting like a gawky girl. What ails you?”