A Dictionary of Bokononism
boko-maru: The mingling of awareness. A
Bokononist ritual during which two people press the soles of their bare
feet together. Bokononists believe it is impossible to be sole-to-sole
with another person without loving that person, provided the feet of both
persons are clean and nicely tended.
busy, busy, busy: What bokononists whisper
whenever they think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery
of life really is.
duffle: The destiny of thousands upon thousands
of persons when placed in the hands of a stuppa.
duprass: A karass composed of only two
dynamic tension: Theory that good societies
can be built only by pitting good against evil, and by keeping the tension
between the two high at all times. Derived from a theory of Charles Atlas,
that muscles can be built without bar bells or spring exercisers, by simply
pitting one set of muscles against another.
foma: Harmless untruths. Lies.
granfalloon: A seeming team that is
meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done. Textbook examples
include the false karass, the Communist party, the Daughters of the American
Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd
Fellows and any nation anytime anywhere.
kan-kan: The instrument that brings someone
into their particular karass.
karass: A team which unknowingly executes
God's Will. Bokononists believe that all humanity is divided into such
pool-pah: Shit storm. Wrath of God.
saroon: To aquiesce to the seeming demands
of one's vin-dit.
sin-wat: One who wants 'all' of somebody's
sinookas: The tendrils of one's life.
stuppa: A fogbound child.
vin-dit: A sudden, very personal shove
in the direction of Bokononism.
wampeter: The pivot of a karass. Anything
can be a wampeter: a tree, a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody,
the Holy Grail. At any given time a karass actually has two wampeters -
one waxing in importance, one waning.
wrang-wrang: 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.
zah-mah-ki-bo: Fate, inevitable destiny.