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The book Frindle, by Andrew Clements, follows a fifth grade boy named Nicholas Allen as he tries to invent a new word. The book begins by explaining Nick's boredom with his English teacher and her obsession with the dictionary. However, learning more about the origin of words ends up inspiring Nick to develop a new word: "frindle," which means "pen." Soon the word "frindle" takes hold throughout Nick's school, and over time its popularity spreads to different schools, and later to different towns. Creating the word gets Nick in trouble with his teachers and his parents, but there was nothing he could do to stop it from spreading once it started getting popular. The book was meant to show how language shifts and evolves, and how words are made up and become real by being commonly used.

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