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Dictionary of Terms from The Books of Bokonon

The boko-maru is a Bokononist ritual for "the mingling of awarenesses". [ 72 ] It consists in two people extending their legs, thrusting their arms behind them for support, and putting their bare feet together. [ 91 ]

Busy, busy, busy is what a Bokononist whispers "whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is." [ 32 ]

Duffle is "the destiny of thousands upon thousands of persons when placed in the hands of a stuppa. [ 89 ]

A duprass is "a karass composed of only two persons". The members of a duprass die within a week of each other. [ 41 ] A duprass "is a valuable instrument for gaining and developing, in the privacy of an interminable love affair, insights that are queer but true." It "is also a sweetly conceited establishment." [ 55 ]

Foma are "lies" [ 118 ]; "harmless untruths" [ frontispiece ]; "a useful and harmless sort of horseshit". [ ?? ]

A granfalloon is "a false karass, [...] a seeming team that [is] meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done." Examples of granfalloons are "the Communist party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd Fellows -- and any nation, anytime, anywhere. [ 42 ]

A kan-kan is the instrument which brings one into his or her karass. [ 1 ]

A karass is a "team [of people] that do[es] God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing". [ 1 ] Humanity is organized into many such teams. One can try to discover "the limits of [one's] karass and the nature of the work God Almighty has had it do ... but such investigations are bound to be incomplete." [ 2 ]

Pool-pah is translated both as "shit storm" and "wrath of God". [ 110 ]

To saroon is "to acquiese to the seeming demands of [one's] vin-dit." [ 90 ]

A sin-wat is "a man who wants all of somebody's love. That's very bad." [ 93 ]

sinookas are "the tendrils of [one's] life". [ 4 ]

A stuppa is "a fogbound child". [ 89 ]

A vin-dit is "a sudden, very personal shove in the direction of Bokononism". [ 34 ]

A wampeter is "the pivot of a karass, around which the souls of the members of the karass revolve." A karass has two wampeters at any time, one waxing and one waning.
[ 24 ]

A wrang-wrang is "a person who steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing that line, with the example of the wrang-wrang's own life, to an absurdity. [ 36 ]

Zah-mah-ki-bo is "fate -- inevitable destiny". [ 82 ]

-Cats Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut

- this dictionary of terms excerpted from here

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