a person who operates a farm
For example, take this sentence about Mrs.
Granger, champion of the forces."
put into print
And of course The Westfield Gazette
published the class picture, too.
a person who directs and manages an organization
That’s what the school
superintendent said to Mrs. Chatham, slapping a copy of the article onto her desk.
socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
He could feel it when someone recognized him, and it made him shy and
one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
Every teacher, the office secretary, the principal, even the school nurse and the
custodian, all seemed to be watching, always watching.
money that is committed with an expectation of profit
Bud Lawrence had lived all his life in Westfield, and when he was only nineteen years old, he had saved enough money to make an
a native or naturalized member of a state
That was almost thirty years ago, and these two restaurants had made him rich, one of Westfield’s leading
preceding or in preparation for something more important
When Bud Lawrence saw the article about the new word, he had his lawyer file a
preliminary trademark claim on the word frindle.
mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
Within four days he had set up a small company that was selling cheap plastic ballpoint pens specially
imprinted with the word frindle.
put in the place of another
And to pretend that a perfectly good English word can be
replaced by a silly made-up word just for the fun of it, well, it’s not something I was ready to stand by and watch without a fight.
marked by or capable of arousing disagreement
She could see that Nick and his parents were not going to be pushed into saying anything
the commercial processes in promoting and selling something
Dozens of other writers and producers and
marketing people saw that story on the news—and all of them smelled a great story.
ask for something
I got my lawyer to
apply for a trademark a few weeks back, because that’s just the way I am.
a person who cares for persons or property
As the boy’s
guardian, you need to do the right thing about all this.
the act of making a noisy disturbance
I know it seems like a big
ruckus about a word, but we just can’t tell what’s to come of it unless we take some steps.
payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource
That’s a fair
royalty, generous for this kind of deal.
in a sparse or scanty way
People in Westfield
barely noticed it anymore.
bring in from abroad
The new line of frindles
imported from Japan were a big hit, and now there was talk of selling them in Japan and Europe, as well.
excluded from use or mention
Her poster about the
forbidden word had quietly disappeared from the bulletin board, and kids were not staying after school writing sentences anymore.
bring to mind
recall, Nicholas, that I said I would send you that letter when all this was over . . . and it’s not over.”
act well or properly
But your idea was a good idea, and I have been very proud of the way you
behaved—most of the time.
worthy of notice
And I expect to hear
remarkable things about you, young man.
return to an original state
Thanks to his little talk with Mrs. Granger—along with a healthy dose of summer vacation—Nick made a full
a disorderly outburst or tumult
He was proud that he had made up a new word, and he enjoyed thinking about all the
commotion it had stirred up.
carry on or function
managed pretty well and kept working on his college degree as hard as ever.
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
And there between Friml and fringe he read:
frin • die (frin’ dl) n. a device used to write or make marks with ink [
arbitrary coinage; originated by Nicholas Allen, American, 1987- (see pen)]
express a good opinion of
This is a brand-new dictionary, the one I
recommend that my students use for their homework.
on or to one side
I was not happy to see the word pen pushed
aside as if it did not matter.
man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
Please think about this: When I started teaching, no one had landed on the moon, there were no space shuttles, no CNN, no weather
having an elongated form with approximately parallel sides
There was a flat,
oblong case in the white envelope, the kind of case you get when you buy a watch.
set up or found
A permanent trust fund for college scholarships had been
established with a donation of one million dollars “from one of your former students.”
a strong restless desire
She had the
urge to pick up the telephone and give the superintendent a call and straighten this out right away.
It was a little Christmas card with a sloppy note—
obviously the work of a fifth-grade boy.
stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
Here she was in her forty-fifth year of teaching, all set to
retire in June.
carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
engraved along the pen’s shiny barrel, and Mrs. Granger had to slide down to the end of the couch and turn on her reading lamp.