Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Glossary

A Brief History of Time

an internationally-praised work of nonfiction written by Stephen Hawking, detailing experimental astrophysics for a lay audience


the loss of language or speech due to brain injury or damage to central nervous system


a community or municipality that is part of a city; New York City has five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island)


the historic wooden rollercoaster located in Coney Island, New York


a German city, bombed during World War II by the Allied forces of the U.S. and Britain

Empire State Building

the famous skyscraper located in midtown Manhattan; an American cultural icon and the third tallest building in the United States

feeling book

the name Dr. Fein uses for the journal he asks Oskar to keep

Flight of the Bumblebee

an interlude composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan in 1899-1900

free association

the mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any apparent connection; often used as a therapy technique to diagnose a patient


the number 1 followed by 100 zeros


the Shakespeare tragedy in which the prince of Denmark seeks revenge for his father’s murder

heavy boots

Oskar’s personal term for depression

Hey Jude

a popular 1968 song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, performed by the Beatles.


a large city on the island of Honshu, Japan; it was bombed by the United States Air Force on August 6, 1945, in the first use of an atomic bomb


a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., rain cats and dogs, see the light); the way terms are used in every-day speech


a Japanese method of weaponless defense

Morse Code

a system of clicks or pauses used to create coded words and sentences

Nothing Place

for Oskar's grandparents, a private place within their apartment, where either person is treated as if he/she does not exist

one hundred

for Oskar's Grandma, the phrase is used to connote something positive


a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable

Reconnaissance Expedition

for Oskar's father, a quest designed for Oskar to solve, through the use of ambiguous clues

Something Place

for Oskar’s grandparents, a place within their apartment designated for sociability

Stuff that Happened to Me

Oskar’s name for his scrapbook


a small handheld drum adorned with metal disks

The New York Times

a prominent American newspaper

Windows on the World

a restaurant that was located on the top floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; it was destroyed in the attacks of 09/11

World Trade Center

a complex of buildings in Lower Manhattan that included the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the attacks of 09/11

Yellow Submarine

a popular 1966 song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, performed by the Beatles


a minor deceased character in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Hamlet holds Yorick’s skull after it is exhumed by the gravediggers in Act 5 of the play