A microscopic water organism. Used hyperbolically in the novel to make things and people sound small and insignificant.
Hostile; showing opposition
A small waiting room that leads into an office or a house
The plastic material used to make film strips. Before video, all movies were shown using film strips and projectors. The fact that Mr. Ross shows a celluloid filmstrip suggests that The Wave takes place in the 1960s or the 1970s.
A term used to refer to the minor leagues or 'training team,' especially in baseball. Often major-league sports teams recruit athletes but make them participate in the 'farm system' to practice before joining the official team.
To drop the ball when playing football
Well-spoken but unintelligent
A prestigious award given to talented college football players
To teach people beliefs and encourage them to accept these beliefs without questioning them
Slang for the bathroom
Lazy and careless
A machine, now obsolete, that copies written or typed documents
David refers to Robert as “Gordon High’s very own Untouchable” (17). This is a reference to the Indian caste system. Historically, people in India were born into rigid social levels, or 'castes,' which they had to stay in their whole life. The lowest caste was the Untouchables, who were forced to take undesirable jobs like cleaning garbage.
Actions that are done with the intention of creating a perfect world
The Wave Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Wave is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Community infers that the group, those who are a part of the Wave, will gain strength through working together and displaying the strength of the group as a whole. It is a bonding between the Wave's members.