"Frindle," Vocabulary from Chapters 11-15

What if you made up a word for something and it caught on, and then everyone in the country started using it? That's the premise of "Frindle" by Andrew Clements, a humorous take on what happens when a trend really becomes successful.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. granger
    a person who operates a farm
    For example, take this sentence about Mrs. Granger: “Mrs. Granger, champion of the forces."
  2. publish
    put into print
    And of course The Westfield Gazette published the class picture, too.
  3. superintendent
    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.
  4. awkward
    socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
    He could feel it when someone recognized him, and it made him shy and awkward.
  5. custodian
    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.
  6. investment
    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 investment.
  7. citizen
    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 citizens.
  8. preliminary
    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.
  9. imprint
    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.
  10. replace
    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.
  11. controversial
    marked by or capable of arousing disagreement
    She could see that Nick and his parents were not going to be pushed into saying anything controversial.
  12. marketing
    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.
  13. apply
    ask for something
    I got my lawyer to apply for a trademark a few weeks back, because that’s just the way I am.
  14. guardian
    a person who cares for persons or property
    As the boy’s guardian, you need to do the right thing about all this.
  15. ruckus
    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.
  16. royalty
    payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource
    That’s a fair royalty, generous for this kind of deal.
  17. barely
    in a sparse or scanty way
    People in Westfield barely noticed it anymore.
  18. import
    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.
  19. forbidden
    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.
  20. recall
    bring to mind
    “You will recall, Nicholas, that I said I would send you that letter when all this was over . . . and it’s not over.”
  21. behave
    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.
  22. remarkable
    worthy of notice
    And I expect to hear remarkable things about you, young man.
  23. recovery
    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 recovery.
  24. commotion
    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.
  25. manage
    carry on or function
    But he managed pretty well and kept working on his college degree as hard as ever.
  26. arbitrary
    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)]
  27. recommend
    express a good opinion of
    This is a brand-new dictionary, the one I recommend that my students use for their homework.
  28. aside
    on or to one side
    I was not happy to see the word pen pushed aside as if it did not matter.
  29. satellite
    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 satellites.
  30. oblong
    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.
  31. establish
    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.”
  32. urge
    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.
  33. obviously
    It was a little Christmas card with a sloppy note— obviously the work of a fifth-grade boy.
  34. retire
    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.
  35. engrave
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    Words were 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.

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