Wu Ting
How would you interpret ‘gum-cracking’ here? At the end of term the Teachers College will close. Your language will cease to be maligned by the Carolina tongue. Its only advocate in Asheville will happily stay home in his vine-covered cottage, as his former pupils turn to parachute-packing and the like. These girls are so much like Mother, with their gum-cracking confidence and feral vocabularies. Holy Joe! Oh nausea! He’s oolie droolie! But Mother would be old by now, nearly fifty. How she would wail over that, if she were still here. Probably it’s a charity that she is not. How would you interpret ‘gum-cracking’ in the sentence: …with their gum-cracking confidence? Thanks! And it’s taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.By the way, how would you interpret ‘oolie droolie’ in the following sentence?
Dec 5, 2014 12:32 AM
Answers · 1
Gum-cracking = cocky/sarcastic/pompous
December 5, 2014
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Wu Ting
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
English