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unable to read or write (not literate)


uninformed in a particular field or general subject area
  • Clay is always telling me what an illiterate boob I am.
    Chapter 22 (60% in)
  • He informed himself that he was a moron to make this long trip into Zenith twice in one day; he remembered that he was engaged to a girl called Madeline Fox; he worried the matter of unfaithfulness; he asserted that Leora Tozer was merely an imitation nurse who was as illiterate as a kitchen wench and as impertinent as a newsboy; he decided, several times he decided, to telephone her and free himself from the engagement.
    Chapter 6 (30% in)
  • Iowa has the richest land, the lowest illiteracy rate, the largest percentages of native-born whites and motor-car owners, and the most moral and forward-looking cities of all the States, and Nautilus is the most Iowan city in Iowa.
    Chapter 19 (4% in)
  • Of course Tubbs is an illiterate jackass but still, at that, he hasn't got persecution-mania, like Gottlieb.
    Chapter 26 (74% in)

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