Hunger Games Dictionary


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3 finger Salute – Touching three middle fingers of your left hand to your lips and holding it up. The salute is an old and rarely used gesture of District 12′s, occasionally seen at funerals.  It means thanks, it means admiration, it means goodbye to someone you love.  Almost everyone in District 12 silently does this gesture to Katniss during the Reaping ceremony for taking Prim’s place as tribute.

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The Avenues – Streets in the Capital leading to City Circle.

Avox – An Avox is a person who has been punished for rebelling against the Capitol; in other words, a traitor or a runaway. The avoxes service citizens in the Capitol and Katniss during her stay in the Capitol before the games.  The avox girl had red hair and eyebrows. They wear red uniforms and stand in the room the tribute’s are in and wait to serve them. Avoxes have had their tongues cut out, rendering them unable to speak.

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Catacombs – Under the arena are hallways and Launchrooms.  It’s very popular for Capital citizens to vacation to the Catacombs after the games.

Catnip -  When Gale first met Katniss, she barely whispered her name to Gale and he thought she said Catnip.  This became a joke and his private nickname for Katniss.

Career Tributes or Careers – Kids from wealthier Districts that have been fed and trained throughout their lives to be a tribute.  Training for the game is illegal, but it happens every year.  Usually the Victor emerges from one of these Districts.

City Circle – A large gathering area in the Capital that citizens go to see the tributes be paraded and interviewed.

Cornucopia – A giant golden horn shaped like cone with a curved tail, the mouth of which is at least twenty feet high, spilling over with things that will give tributes a chance at life in the arena.  Food, containers of water, weapons, medicine, garmets, fire starters.  Stewn around the Cornucopia are other supplies, their value decreasing the farther they are from the horn.  A very dangerous part of the arena.  Lots of tributes die trying to get the supplies in this area.  Katniss and Peeta are instructed to stay away from the Cornucopia by Haymitch.

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Dark Days – The Dark Days was the uprising of the Districts against the Capital.  Twelve Districts defeated, District 13 obliterated.

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The Fence – A high chain-link fence topped with barbed-wire loops.  In theroy, it’s supposed to be electrified twenty-four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods – packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears – that used to threaten the streets.  But since District 12 is lucky to get two or three hours of electricity in the evenings, it’s usually safe to touch.  Even so, Katniss takes a moment to listen carefully for the hum that means the fence is live before going through to the woods.

Forage bag – A bag similar in shape to a over the shoulder messenger bag.  Katniss uses a forage bag to carry her animal kills and herbs she gets outside the fence of District 12.

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Gamemakers – Twenty or so men and women dressed in purple robes evaluate tributes and give a score for each tribute that denotes their chances for winning the games based on a private viewing on the last day of training.  Scores are televised and are the basis of betting and sponsors for gifts for the tributes.

Gamemaker Scores – Gamemakers score tributes from what they see the tributes do during their private lesson.  It’s a starting point for betting.  1 to 12.  1 being worst and a bad indication of the potential the tribute showed in training.  12 being best. The scores are televised.  Careers usually get scores in the 8-10 range.  Over tributes usually average a 5.  Katniss receives an 11.  Peeta receives a 8.  Rue receives a 7.

Games Headquarters – Where mentors and escorts work and watch the game.

Groosling – A wild thing that Rue recognizes from District 11.  The groosling has such delicious meat that’s so fatty, the grease drips down your face when you bite into it.  Katniss and Rue’s first meal together in the arena.

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Head Trainer – Trainer in charge of the schedule during the training days.

The Hob -This Hob is a underground black market where Katniss makes most of her money.  She also trades her game for lard, shoelaces, and wool. The Hob operates in an abandoned warehouse that once held coal.

Hunger Games – A yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated.

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Informers – Citizens that report broken laws to the Peacekeepers.

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Jabberjay – During the rebellion, the Capital bred a series of genetically altered animals as weapons.  The common term for them was muttations, or sometimes mutts for short.  One was a special bird called a jabberjay that had the ability to memorize and repeat whole human conversations.  They were homing birds, exclusively male, that were released into regions where the Capital’s enemies were known to be hiding.  After the birds gathered words, they’d fly back to centers to be recorded. It took people awhile to realize what was going on in the districts, how private conversations were being transmitted.  Then, of course, the rebels fed the Capitl endless lies, and the joke was on it.  So the centers were shut down and the birds were abandoned to die off in the wild.  Only they didn’t die off.  Instead, the jabberjays mated with female mockingbirds, creating a whole new species called Mockingjays.

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Katniss – Tall plants found in water with leaves like arrowheads.  Blossoms with three white petals. When boiled or baked are as good tasting as any potato.  Katniss’s father said, “As long as you find yourself, you’ll never starve.”

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Launchroom – A room under the arena for each tribute to get ready with their stylist.  Each tribute has their own Launchroom.

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Meadow – A scruffy field separating the houses of District 12 and the electric fence to the woods beyond.

Mentor – A mentor is a tribute’s lifeline to the world in the games.  The one who advises the tributes, lines up sponsors, and dictates the presentation of any gifts during the games.  A mentor can mean the difference between a tribute’s life and death.

Merchants – District 12 citizens that own shops.  Considered upper class of the District.

Mockingjay – Funny birds and something of a slap in the face to the Capital.  During the rebellion, the Capital bred a series of genetically altered animals as weapons. One was a special bird called a jabberjay that had the ability to memorize and repeat whole human conversations.  They were homing birds, exclusively male, that were released into regions where the Capital’s enemies were known to be hiding.  After the birds gathered words, they’d fly back to centers to be recorded. It took people awhile to realize what was going on in the districts, how private conversations were being transmitted.  Then, of course, the rebels fed the Capitl endless lies, and the joke was on it.  So the centers were shut down and the birds were abandoned to die off in the wild.  Only they didn’t die off.  Instead, the jabberjays mated with female mockingbirds, creating a whole new species called Mockingjays.  Mockingjays could still mimc a range of human vocal sounds, from a child’s high pitched warble to a man’s deep tones.  And they could recreate songs.  Not just a few notes, but whole songs with multiple verses, if you had the patience to sing them and if you liked your voice.

Mockingjay pin -  A small golden bird with a ring around it. The bird is connected to the ring only by it’s wing tips. The pin given to Katniss by Madge, the daughter of District 12′s Mayor, after Katniss volunteered as tribute and is taken the Justice Building before going to the train to the Capital.

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Opening Ceremony – The tributes are dressed up and paraded in front of the Capital citizens on chariots pulled by four horses.  Tributes travel by chariot from the Remake center, to the President Snow’s Mansion, to the City Circle, ending at the Training Center.

Our Place – “Our Place” is what Katniss calls her meeting place with Gale in the woods beyond the fence.  Their meeting place is a rock ledge overlooking a valley with a thicket of berry bushes that protects the location from unwanted eyes.

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Peacekeeper – A peacekeeper is a citizen from District 2 that has been trained and acts like a police man for all the Districts.

Pelt – Pelt is animal skin.  Katniss sells her pelt at The Hob.

Prep Team – Assistants to the stylists that work in the remake center when tributes arrive.  The prep team scrubs down tributes with a gritty foam that removes dirt and 3 layers of skin, ridding body of hair, and turning nails into uniform shapes.  Katniss has 3 members of a prep team named Venia, Flavius, and Octavia.

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Racketeers – District bookies that take bets on Tributes during the games.

Reaping – The Reaping is a day in which each of the 12 Districts sacrifice two children, one male and one female, from age 12 to 18, to The Hunger Games.  The chosen children from each of the Districts are called Tributes.  To the Capital of Panem this is a reminder never to rise against the Capital again and of their power over the Districts.  The Reaping happens annually.  How many times a citizen’s name is in the Reaping bowl is determined by age.  At age twelve, one entry goes into to the bowl.  At age 13, two entries.  And so on, until the age of 18.  More entries can be placed into the Reaping drawing by receiving tessaraes.

Remake Center – The first stop in the Capital to get tributes ready for styling.

Rue’s song – Rue’s four note song that sings to signal the end of the work day in District 11.  The Mockingjays carry her song across the fields to alert workers of the time.  Rue uses this song in the arena to signal to Katniss that she is safe.  Mockingjays sing Rue’s song even after she has died.

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The Seam – The outer edge of District 12 nearest to the electric fence.  This area is where all the coal workers live, including Katniss and Gale.  Considered the poor part of the District.

The Square – A large open area in town, surrounded by shops and merchants.  Quite large, but not large enough to fit all District 12 citizens.  The Square, on public market days, has a holiday feel in good weather.  To Katniss, The Square has a pleasant feeling except for during the Reaping.

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Tesserae – At the age of twelve to eighteen, a citizen can go once a month to receive a meager year’s supply of grain and oil for one person.  Each tesserae received means another entry into the Reaping for The Hunger Games.  Katniss’s tesserae is enough grain and oil for one month.

Town kids – Kids that live in town.  Kids of the merchant families.

Tracker – Each tribute is given a shot that contains a tracker device to know their whereabouts while in the arena.

Training Center – Building that houses the tributes.  Each District has their own floor in the Training center.  The tributes travel throughout the building in a glass elevator on the outside of the building.  The lower levels of the Training center is used for training and for private lessons in from of the Gamemakers.

Training Rooms – Enormous underground gymnasium filled with various weapons and obstacle courses.

Treaty of Treason -  New laws to guarantee peace after the Dark Days.

Tribute Train – A train to take the tributes from their District to the Capital. The Tribute Train is fancier than any room in the Justice Building.  The tributes are given their own chambers that have a bedroom, a dressing area,and a private bathroom with hot and cold running water.  The drawers are filled with fine clothes for the tributes.

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Victor – The last living tribute of each annual Hunger Games is considered for the rest of their lives, a Victor.  Haymitch is the only living Victor out of the two only Victors for District 12.

Victor’s Village – Houses in each District built by the Capital to house the Victors of the Hunger Games.

Victory Banquet – A mandatory three hour recap of the games which includes closing interviews with the Victor.  President Snow also crowns the Victor at the end of the Banquet.

Volunteer – A Citizen that volunteers for the Hunger Games and will take the place of a tribute.  This is most commonly done in Districts 1, 2, and 4.  In these Districts, children have been training all their lives for the games and consider it an honor.  Katniss is the first volunteer in District 12 history.

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