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Written by J.D. SALINGER.

This is a story of a distressed teenager named Holden Caulfield.Holden is too simple a boy with complex thoughts. His circumstances make him overly negative and his want of Genuineness leaves him isolated and judgemental.

The story is set up mostly in new york with snow, christmas and all. Yeah!! There is alot of J.D sallinger slang with words used like “lousy” “hell” “Damn” “and all”. Also a lot of new WORDS will be encountered going through the book. The list of words and examples ,from the book will be provided below with many interesting and relatable incidents to feed your curosity so that you can just sit back,relax and read easily.

Chiffonier : is a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.undefined

turd: a mean, contemptible person. undefined

qualms: an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to While leaving his school at Pency the old teacher asks Caulfield: ‘Do you have any particular qualms about leaving Pency?’

Drop a line: write a short letter or note. undefined

Grippe: old fashioned word for flu. eg. ‘Take care of your grippe,now.’

Sheer: plain eg. Sheer lie.

apiece: each eg.5 bucks apiece

Cadillac: a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) that designs and builds luxury vehicles. undefined

locomotive: Kind of an engine.

corny: dull, pretentious or unoriginal eg. corny jokes

phony: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives; fake. eg. big phony bastard

swell: smashing;good eg. a swell guy

rostrum: a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it. undefined

Shower curtains: a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area.

Lousy: dirty;unclean

nasty: awful;unpleasant

Goner: doomed eg: “I’m a goner if this plan doesn’t work”

Fiddling: small and of little importance

horsing: to behave in a silly and noisy way.

sadist: someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others.

We have completed learning first 20 words to take us through the first 20 pages of this greatest literary work of all times.

Happy Reading!!!


  1. I read The Catcher in the Rye few years ago, I really enjoyed it. I like your idea of providing examples and definitions for difficult words in the book.


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