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"The Catcher in the Rye," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

March 12, 2013
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.
hemorrhage
In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.
splendid
And underneath the guy on the horse's picture, it always says: "Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men."
commit
It was the last game of the year, and you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win.
scrawny
You couldn't see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all yelling, deep and terrific on the Pencey side, because practically the whole school except me was there, and scrawny and faggy on the Saxon Hall side, because the visiting team hardly ever brought many people with them.
phony
She probably knew what a phony slob he was.
ostracize
The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train.
academic
It has a very good academic rating, Pencey.
posture
I mean he was all stooped over, and he had very terrible posture, and in class, whenever he dropped a piece of chalk at the blackboard, some guy in the first row always had to get up and pick it up and hand it to him.
chuckle
He started chuckling like a madman.
irritated
"Well. . . they'll be pretty irritated about it," I said.
privilege
Then he said, "I had the privilege of meeting your mother and dad when they had their little chat with Dr. Thurmer some weeks ago.
sarcastic
"You glanced through it, eh?" he said--very sarcastic.
alternative
It was a very dirty trick, but I went over and brought it over to him--I didn't have any alternative or anything.
reside
The Egyptians were an ancient race of Caucasians residing in one of the northern sections of Africa.
latter
The latter as we all know is the largest continent in the Eastern Hemisphere.
innumerable
Modern science would still like to know what the secret ingredients were that the Egyptians used when they wrapped up dead people so that their faces would not rot for innumerable centuries.
lagoon
I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South.
qualm
"Do you have any particular qualms about leaving Pencey?"
sheer
So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym and get my equipment and stuff, that was a sheer lie.
undertaking
He made a pot of dough in the undertaking business after he got out of Pencey.
swell
He was telling us all about what a swell guy he was, what a hot-shot and all, then all of a sudden this guy sitting in the row in front of me, Edgar Marsalla, laid this terrific fart.
crude
It was a very crude thing to do, in chapel and all, but it was also quite amusing.
rostrum
Hardly anybody laughed out loud, and old Ossenburger made out like he didn't even hear it, but old Thurmer, the headmaster, was sitting right next to him on the rostrum and all, and you could tell he heard it.
compulsory
He didn't say anything then, but the next night he made us have compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.
illiterate
I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
peculiar
He was a very peculiar guy.
hoarse
"I think I'm going blind," I said in this very hoarse voice.
grope
I started groping around in front of me, like a blind guy, but without getting up or anything.
sadistic
I was pretty sadistic with him quite often.
falsetto
He started laughing in this very high falsetto voice.
conceited
He's a conceited sonuvabitch."
aggravate
Boy, he could really be aggravating sometimes.
broad
He had these very broad shoulders.
torso
He always walked around in his bare torso because he thought he had a damn good build.
flatter
He was only flattering me, though, because right away he said, "Listen.
liberate
"Liberate yourself from my viselike grip."
rile
You couldn't rile him too easily.
fiend
Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game.
monotonous
He started talking in this very monotonous voice, and picking at all his pimples.
halitosis
Sinus trouble, pimples, lousy teeth, halitosis, crumby fingernails.

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