Is the word frindle from the book Frindle actually a real word?  

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No, it isn't a real word at all, but the whole point of the book is to show how it could so easily become one. New words come into use all the time; the dictionaries of today are a whole lot different from those our ancestors used. Words that were once quite common are almost never used today. Likewise, many of the words that we do use today would've baffled previous generations.

Though initially just a bit of a joke, Nick's calling a pen a "frindle" actually ends up teaching him a lot about the meaning of words. Over the course of the story, Nick comes to realize that the meaning of a word is inseparable from how it's actually used, the context in which it's written or spoken. Language is largely the product of social conventions...

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