Slaughterhouse Five- Words & Quotes

Words from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut:

  • anodize- to coat
  • prophylactic- intended to prevent disease
  • cupola- a small dome, especially when positioned on top of another dome
  • fourragère- a military award in the form of a braided cord
  • acrimonious- angry and bitter
  • lugubrious- looking or sounding sad and dismal
  • bucolic- characteristic of the pleasant aspects of the countryside or countryside life
  • diffident- modest or shy because of low self-confidence
  • adulation- excessive flattery
  • tawdry- showy, but cheap and of poor quality

Quotes from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut:

“…even if wars didn’t keep coming like glaciers, there would still be plain old death.”

“People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore.”

“Among the things Billy Pilgrim couldn’t change where the past, present, and future.”

“The hallway was zebra-striped with darkness and moonlight.”

“Dread told him when to stop. Lack of it told him when to move again.”

“…she had gone to so much trouble to give him life, and to keep that life going, and Billy didn’t really like life at all.”

“How nice-to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.”

“There were to be no moon men at all.”

“So it goes.” (87 times)


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