"The Catcher in the Rye," Vocabulary from Chapters 22-26 23 words

As you read J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," you'll discover that Holden used more words than just "phony." To learn more of Holden's vocabulary, play these word lists: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-11, Chapters 12-16, Chapters 17-21, and Chapters 22-26.
  1. fraternity
    a social club for male undergraduates
    And they had this goddam secret fraternity that I was too yellow not to join.
  2. repulsive
    offensive to the mind
    I won't even tell you what they did to him--it's too repulsive--but he still wouldn't take it back, old James Castle.
  3. expel
    force to leave or move out
    All they did with the guys that were in the room with him was expel them.
  4. recite
    recite in elocution
    He was in my math class, but he was way over on the other side of the room, and he hardly ever got up to recite or go to the blackboard or anything.
  5. pulse
    the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    Old Mr. Antolini felt his pulse and all, and then he took off his coat and put it over James Castle and carried him all the way over to the infirmary.
  6. intellectual
    involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
    For one thing, they were both very intellectual, especially Mr. Antolini except that he was more witty than intellectual when you were with him, sort of like D.B.
  7. asthma
    respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
    She had asthma pretty bad.
  8. moderate
    not extreme
    "I'm a moderate smoker."
  9. digress
    lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
    And if the boy digresses at all, you're supposed to yell 'Digression!' at him as fast as you can.
  10. pedagogical
    of or relating to pedagogy
    One short, faintly stuffy, pedagogical question.
  11. provocative
    serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy
    Or, if his uncle's brace is such a provocative subject, shouldn't he have selected it in the first place as his subject--not the farm?"
  12. unify
    to bring or combine together or with something else
    I mean he'd keep telling you to unify and simplify all the time.
  13. harrowing
    extremely painful
    "Apparently before he phoned me he'd just had a long, rather harrowing letter from your latest headmaster, to the effect that you were making absolutely no effort at all."
  14. stenographer
    someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
    Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, 'It's a secret between he and I.' Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer.
  15. reciprocal
    concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
    It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.
  16. brilliant
    having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
    But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with--which, unfortunately, is rarely the case--tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative.
  17. merely
    and nothing more
    But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with--which, unfortunately, is rarely the case--tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative.
  18. humility
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    And--most important--nine times out of ten they have more humility than the unscholarly thinker.
  19. casual
    marked by blithe unconcern
    He was trying to act very goddam casual and cool and all, but he wasn't any too goddam cool.
  20. ridiculous
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
    It's my mother's, and I--" "Don't be ridiculous, Holden."
  21. hormone
    the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
    It was all about hormones.
  22. mute
    a deaf person who is unable to speak
    I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
  23. insist
    beg persistently and urgently
    I'd ask them all to visit me sometime if they wanted to, but I wouldn't insist or anything.