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out of the blue

sudden and unexpected

Yeah, I thought this kind of came out of the blue. I’d never heard it
before.

2

traumatic

difficult and upsetting

Oh, wow, that can actually be pretty traumatic to do something like that as
a kid.

3

settled in

adjusted or used to

And, y’know, it’s really tough to get settled in

4

army brats

children of parents who are in the military who usually move a lot

5

comes a point

comes a time

But there comes a point where, y’know, it gets really difficult. Like when you’re a
teenager.

6

I bet

I agree

Yeah, I bet.

7

right off the bat

right away; immediately

…so right off the bat, y’know, they knew right away that I was not from there

8

ridiculed

made a mean joke about someone

So I was, I was ridiculed by kids for my accent, for sure.

9

affluent

rich

Yeah, you know another difficult thing for me was that the area that we
moved to was affluent. And, I mean, we certainly were not rich. So, y’know, uh,
and you could see it from the clothes we wore to the cars that my parents drove. I mean…

10

old clunkers

old cars that have a lot of problems and look bad

11

brand new

completely new

12

turn a lot of heads

get a lot of attention; make people look

y’know, we had these old clunkers and everyone else in the neighborhood has these brand new cars, y’know. So it was pretty obvious, like, we would turn a lot of heads driving past people

13

blue collar

the people have jobs that do not make a lot of money

We moved from a very blue collar area - my, my parents being teachers, were very blue collar as well - to a very affluent area, a lot of doctors and lawyers.

14

designer clothes

expensive clothes

And then, y’know, we didn’t have the designer clothes that all the kids we went to school with wore.

15

keep up with the Joneses

to try to own all the same things as people you know in order to seem as good as them

So, we w-, it just was very stressful trying to keep up with the Joneses and buying these designer clothes. It was, uh, very stressful for me and my brothers.

16

back in style

to be fashionable again

My mom actually, she can’t sew. And she had sewn me this pair of knickers… Knickers at one point were back in style. Do you know what those are?

17

to get tackled

thrown to the ground

and, of course, what happens is, I get tackled and someone falls on my
leg and it breaks my ankle

18

cryin’ wolf

to try to get attention by saying something that is not true

I couldn’t believe it. So I’m sittin’ there, tryin’ to, y’know, act as, uh, if, like, it
doesn’t hurt that much. But, I mean, it hurt a lot. And then, y’know, the kids
thought I was cryin’ wolf. They didn’t really think I was hurt at all.

19

screamin’ at the top of my lungs

yelling very loud

So I have to walk away and, uh, walk home on a broken ankle. And, I
mean, I just felt like screamin’ at the top of my lungs. I was in so much pain.
But I couldn’t. I couldn’t do it because I didn’t want the kids to think I was, like,
some wimp.

20

wimp

someone who is weak

So I have to walk away and, uh, walk home on a broken ankle. And, I mean, I just felt like screamin’ at the top of my lungs. I was in so much pain.
But I couldn’t. I couldn’t do it because I didn’t want the kids to think I was, like,
some wimp

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look out of place

to look like you do not belong or fit in

So I’m the new kid with the thick accent, the clothes that look out of place,
y’know. Nobody knows me and I have a cast on my foot. And my, y’know, I can’t
take a shower, y’know. I can’t shower the leg so my toes are a little dirty…

22

stuck out like a sore thumb

to look like you do not belong or fit in; same as
look out of place

23

hop on a bus

get on a bus

24

looking back

to think of a time in the past

25

a blessing in disguise

something that is good that you do not think is good at first

Yeah, well, y’know, as much as I hated it when I first, uh, had moved to
Pennsylvania, now in looking back, I think it was really a blessing in disguise. I
mean there were so many other opportunities that came available to us from living in Pennsylvania and going to a school district that, y’know, was, uh, had a lot more money. And the education that we got was better. And it just provided me, uh, with a much better starting point for, uh, college.