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Mrs. Granger's battle cry, nicknames, and full name in Frindle

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In Frindle, Mrs. Granger's battle cry is "Look it up! That's why we have the dictionary." She is nicknamed "The Lone Granger" and "Dangerous Grangerous" by her students. Her full name is Lorelei Granger.

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What is Mrs. Granger's battle cry in Frindle?

Mrs. Granger's famous battle cry, one that all her students past and present know all too well, is "Look it up! That's why we have the dictionary." Mrs. Granger teaches her class that words gain their meaning from how we use them. That inspires the mischievous Nick to use a completely made-up word (the "frindle" of the title). But of course that's not what Mrs. Granger means at all, as Nick knows full well.

Words and their meanings evolve and develop over time, gradually entering into daily use. Mrs. Granger regards the dictionary not as a book of laws and rules that govern our language, but rather as a record of the words we use to describe the world around us. So when someone wants to find out the origin or meaning of a word in everyday use, they need to look it up in a dictionary, because that's what the dictionary is there for, as she asserts.

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What are the nicknames given to Mrs. Granger in Frindle?

Frindle is an American children's novel written by Andrew Clements. The story centers on a 5th-grader named Nick who invents a word—"frindle"—that winds up causing quite a stir in his school and, ultimately, beyond.

Nick has a rather tough, white-haired old English teacher named Mrs. Granger who makes no attempt to hide her love of words. While Nick is trying to get everyone to use his new word, however, Mrs. Granger is trying to stop it. Nick and the kids mention two nicknames for Mrs. Granger in the book.

The first one, initially appearing on page 16, is "The Lone Granger." This makes reference to a couple of facts about her: one, that she lives by herself, and the other being that she is fierce and intimidating like The Lone Ranger.

The second nickname, spoken by the Dave character on page 47, is "Dangerous Grangerous," referring to her propensity to punish the boys for getting out of line, from putting them in detention to making them wear their chewing gum.

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What are the nicknames given to Mrs. Granger in Frindle?

Mrs. Granger is called by several different nicknames throughout the book.  Usually these names have a negative connotation.  Mrs. Granger is different from all the other teachers.  She does things her own way.  Usually, she is old fashioned.  She is known for being a very strict teacher.

Nick calls Mrs. Granger "The Lone Granger."  This is in reference to The Lone Ranger, a Texas Ranger who works alone.  Mrs. Granger is unlike any other teacher at the school.  In a way, she does work alone.  The rumors are that you shouldn't "mess around with The Lone Granger" (Frindle, chapter 3).

Mrs. Granger is also called Mrs. G by Nick.  Dave, another student at the school, calls her "Dangerous Grangerous."  This is in reference to the fact that Mrs. Granger is strict.  She gets upset when students do not follow her rules.  At first, she is upset when the students in her class start to call pens "frindles."  She forbids students from using the new word.

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In Frindle, what is Mrs. Granger's full name?

Mrs. Granger's full name is Lorelei Granger. If she has a middle name, then we never discover what it is in this story.

The whole time Mrs. Granger teaches Nick and his classmates, she is always simply known as "Mrs. Granger," a formal, serious title, or else "The Lone Granger," the nickname that the students have conferred on her for her harsh, strict manner unmatched by any of the other teachers at Lincoln Elementary School.

But in Chapter 15: "And the Winner Is...", we read the letter that Mrs. Granger had written to Nick, and she had signed it "Your teacher, Mrs. Lorelei Granger."

It's only at this moment that Nick realizes that his teacher is a person, a human, someone with a first name, someone with a warm interest in Nick's success. In other words, he learned that there was more to "Mrs. Granger" than he'd known before, and that it'd been there all along.

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