Dictionary.com

How the prefix “franken-” took on a life of its own. . .

As Halloween quickly approaches, Frankenstorm is sneaking up on the East Coast. Forecasters are calling the hurricane headed for New York, New Jersey, and as far inland as Ohio, “Frankenstorm” because (like the monster in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus) this storm is stitched together from three different weather systems, Hurricane Sandy from the Caribbean, a western early winter storm, and a cold influx of Arctic wind from the north.

In German, the name Frankenstein translates to “stronghold of freemen,”  most likely referring to various castles and battlements around the country that also carry the name. Mary Shelley however, believed the name came to her in a vivid dream. But now, in the case of “Frankenstorm,” the application of the “Franken-” prefix might not be on point. In Shelley’s novel, Dr. Victor Frankenstein never names his creation. Instead he disowns the monster by refusing to name it, referring to it as “demon,” “thing,” “wretched devil,” and a long list of awful aliases.

Fear not meteorologists: you are not alone in the inaccurate ‘Franken-’ ascription! With terms like ‘Frankenbike’ (a bicycle pieced together from scavenged parts), ‘Frankenfood‘ (slang for genetically modified crops), ‘Frankenbite,’ (a sound bite that’s been synthesized from many disparate quotations), or even Tim Burton’s film Frankenweenie about a dog brought back to life with electricity, the public loves to ‘Frankenize’ words. But whether or not Mary Shelley is turning in her grave, the fictional Dr. Frankenstein is definitely turning in his. Regardless of accuracy, the media has chosen to ignore the good doctor’s wishes and now Frankenstein’s monster bears his family name in popular culture, sewing the prefix onto the vernacular like the creature’s salvaged limbs.

So grab a copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a mug of hot cocoa. Let’s weather this Frankenstorm with the source.

What words would you like to Frankenize? Tell us here.

135 Comments

  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 24, 2013 - 7:38 am

    I never heard anyone add “franken-” onto a word before.

    My friend Alex named his Webkinz tree frog “Froggenstein.”

    Reply
  2. Nobody in particular -  December 13, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    I find it amazing how much the book differs to the movie. In the book, Frankenstein’s monster is intelligent, yet in the movie, he is stupid.

    Reply
  3. Mogs -  November 29, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Frankennoise a noise made by made noises put together.

    I❤making up words

    Reply
  4. Ronda -  November 7, 2012 - 5:22 am

    They weren’t horror writers, they (Lord Byron, Percy Shelly and his wife Mary Wollenscraft) were Romantic poets and socially conscious writers. They enjoyed Gothic literature and had this writing contest to help while away the time.

    Reply
  5. svenjamin -  November 2, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    Or, perhaps since the discussion refers to the prefix ‘franken’ I should have said, “Franken, Al”.

    Reply
  6. yoyp -  November 1, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    frankenstin is for real!!!!!!!~!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  7. yoyp -  November 1, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    super storm “sandy”is long gone,but damages are still seen throuout the coastnof new york.

    Reply
  8. Sherpa -  November 1, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Franken-zam… Any test that combines areas of study. ACT, SAT, LSAT,
    MCAT etc….

    Franken-nerd… Anyone, including myself, who has read all the posts and added to them :)

    Reply
  9. SJH -  November 1, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Interesting. :)

    Reply
  10. svenjamin -  November 1, 2012 - 8:49 am

    Al Franken

    Reply
  11. Greg Coker -  November 1, 2012 - 8:12 am

    I think you should hire Whipsmart_McCoy to do your next article. W_M seems to know EXACTLY what you should have done. Good job!

    Reply
  12. Willy -  November 1, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Let’s see, there’s frankenberger, FrankenAl,the senator,frankenstew,
    oh golly, this could go on forever!

    Reply
  13. Luke -  November 1, 2012 - 2:44 am

    it’ s sometimes better off going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX372ZwXOEM before you see my comment which a song I’ ve created
    Once You’ ve finished go tohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7QE62FDn08
    zombie frankenstyle, zombie frankenstyle, I am a zombie, people say that I’m disgusting, I’ ll eat your brain, and the rest of you body. I walk on the streets, to scare everyone away, on the same disgusting voice, to eat them every bit, I hang out with my friends, and eat the when I’m hungry, they really like themselves dead, even eaten by meee, even the police is here, they really hate it here, with zombies friends, so eat them too! And then we fought a monster, of the humans, ahh, of the humans, then he went like no, get off me, now now now now now now now now now now now, zombie fankenstyle, eeeehhhhhhh!, yummy people, Ah Ah eh-Ah, zombie fankenstyle, eeeeeehhhhhhh, Brainy Humans, Ha Ha H-Ha, this sounds so funny, Oh Oh e-Oh year…

    Reply
  14. David Pratt -  October 31, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    We aren’t forgetting lovable “IGOR” are we? I mean really—

    Reply
  15. Brittany -  October 30, 2012 - 9:32 am

    He is real!

    Reply
  16. Ray -  October 30, 2012 - 9:24 am

    [Technically the 'tsunamiweenie' is a person who stands out in the ocean, or on shore, during a tsunami warning... we get those in Hawaii... a half dozen this time... it's positively definitely weirdness...]

    Reply
  17. Kevin JJ -  October 30, 2012 - 9:06 am

    Who really cares?!?

    Reply
  18. Ray -  October 30, 2012 - 8:54 am

    “Aloha,” to all you frankenphiles, from the land of “tsunamiweenie…”

    Y’all ‘forglect’ ‘theoriginal’ meanings… (:forget+neglect; theory+virginal)

    FRANKENSTEIN: a species of peach: the freestone peach. (Ameringlish)

    OCTOBIER: an eight-sided casket (technically having four cut-corners makes eight).

    RECTOSCHMUCKERY: a political gambit wherein the coopponents decry the other-guy’s camp for believing he’s right, each promising to undo the horrible advances of the other; Cf the circular argument, “To my right–is…”

    And other, such, ubiquitous obsequies… or is it, obsequious ubiquities….

    Have a happy backward-13th… (that’s 31tht)… And be sure not to miss the MIT-version of Gangnam Style… (that little ditty is going hyper-viral)…

    Reply
  19. Wadester -  October 29, 2012 - 8:39 am

    How about Franken-Law? My ex’s family fits that description!

    Franken-Bankin’? Definition of the monstrous Wall Street mess.

    Franken-view? Forming an opinion out of bit and pieces not necessarily similar or complimentary.

    Reply
  20. Chadd -  October 29, 2012 - 7:29 am

    haha this is so funny how i never noticed that. :)

    Reply
  21. lindsay10109 -  October 29, 2012 - 7:28 am

    always read the book frankien stine is alive!
    It is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  22. lindsay10109 -  October 29, 2012 - 7:23 am

    frankine stine the movie is the best movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  23. Ann lee -  October 29, 2012 - 6:07 am

    My mistake, “your” should be “you’re”. ;)

    Reply
  24. Ann lee -  October 29, 2012 - 6:04 am

    @ Apttoreply I have to agree with you, although I’m not a Democrat by any means.

    And whipsmart, I know your smart and all but do you have to be so blunt about it?

    Reply
  25. Anonymous -  October 29, 2012 - 5:56 am

    Way cool! Who knew “Frankenstein” in German meant that! They should piece together something and another fictional monster for good measure! :\/ ;P

    Reply
  26. Lilac Lavender -  October 29, 2012 - 5:32 am

    I’m with you Sir… Anonymous… the Bold

    Reply
  27. Krista -  October 29, 2012 - 4:49 am

    I think the reasaon for this confusion ultimately comes from people who have not actually read the book. I had very different impressions of the story of Frankenstien before I actually read it and thought that was the name of the monster as well. I think Hollywood confused it, there is almost nothing in common to the movies and shows when compared to the novel.
    It’s the same for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Almost no similarity to the cartoon versions or the impressions that people who have not read the story seem to carry.

    Reply
  28. Luke -  October 29, 2012 - 2:24 am

    sorry
    I’ ve forgot to put in the r in tou of the 2nd line of my previous comment.

    Reply
  29. Luke -  October 29, 2012 - 2:07 am

    it’ s sometimes better off going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX372ZwXOEM before you see my comment which a song I’ ve created
    Once You’ ve finished go tohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7QE62FDn08

    zombie frankenstyle, zombie frankenstyle, I am a zombie, people say that I’m disgusting, I’ ll eat your brain, and the rest of you body. I walk on the streets, to scare everyone away, on the same disgusting voice, to eat them every bit, I hang out with my friends, and eat the when I’m hungry, they really like themselves dead, even eaten by meee, even the police is here, they really hate it here, with zombies friends, so eat them too! And then we fought a monster, of the humans, ahh, of the humans, then he went like no, get off me, now now now now now now now now now now now, zombie fankenstyle, eeeehhhhhhh!, yummy people, Ah Ah eh-Ah, zombie fankenstyle, eeeeeehhhhhhh, Brainy Humans, Ha Ha H-Ha, this sounds so funny, Oh Oh e-Oh year…

    Reply
  30. kevin:) -  October 29, 2012 - 1:31 am

    that’s cool :)

    Reply
  31. David M. Nevarrez -  October 29, 2012 - 1:14 am

    @ unidragon: I like Frankenstyle – as I have friends who stitch together disparate bits of clothing into something distinct.

    Also, Franken-stuff, for my friends who like to sew together different parts of stuffed animals (or is there a better term?).

    And, yes, Frankenstein is the name of the scientist (and not a doctor); but calling the creature/monster/fiend Frankenstein dates back to the play of 1824, so the confusion is understandable (and since we are dealing with fictional characters, don’t think it’s a problem).

    And like the comments about Al Franken-senator!

    Reply
  32. Jutti Marsh -  October 28, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Frankenputer = a computer assembled from parts of dead computers!

    Reply
  33. Mimi Brulé -  October 28, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    In Response to Sir Anonymous the Bold’s question:

    The phrase “turning in [one's] grave” means to be disgusted or appalled by something despite being dead.

    Reply
  34. Vicky -  October 28, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    “Turning in their grave” means it would upset the named dead person or people.

    Reply
  35. Anonymous -  October 28, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Many people are unaware that the monster is Frankenstein’s monster and not Frankenstein. Frankenstein is the doctor. Not the creature.

    Reply
  36. likestoargue -  October 28, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Here is a quick explanation of the term: (Enough to make one) turn in one’s grave is an idiom to describe an extreme level of shock or an intense level of surprise, and is expressed as the vicarious sentiment of a deceased person. This hyperbolic figure of speech is used to describe the upset, disgust, horror or anger of a deceased person if he or she were alive to hear of a certain news story, action or idea – especially a negative one. The main idea is that instead of being able to rest in peace, the dead person in question is sleeping uncomfortably, akin to the uncomfortable and irritating “rolling around in one’s bed” action when one cannot sleep. The phrase dates from the mid to late nineteenth century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_in_one's_grave

    Also, I find it funny how a handful of different people try to explain in smuggish detail about someone who lived 150 years ago…. yet all of their explanations are different. (rolls eyes).

    Reply
  37. dahvee -  October 28, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    The correct pronunciation of Frankenstein, in German, would be
    FRONK – en – shtine where the “ine” part is pronounced like “eye” with an N on the end. And the R in FRONK is a ‘gutteral’ R, of course.

    In German the “ei” combination is pronounced like a long i, NOT like “ee.” The long E sound is how the “ei” is pronounced in anglicized Yiddish I believe.

    As to the origin of Frank or Franken, I would be interested to know about the author’s source for this information. In fact Franken refers to the Duchy of Franconia, an area of SE Germany, though the tribe of the Franks eventually lent its name to the larger area around Paris as well. Indeed, the German word for “France” is Frankreich, which literally means the realm of the Franks.

    Reply
  38. Ender1098 -  October 28, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    “turning in their grave” is a saying where if the person it is referring to is alive they would dislike what is happening.

    Reply
  39. franken -  October 28, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    frankenfrankenfrankenstien

    Reply
  40. Big D NZ -  October 28, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Frankenstein’s monster should be called exactly that: “Frankenstein’s Monster”. “Frankenstein” refers solely to the crazy doc who right proper stitched him/them up. Of course those who are ignorant of the facts, or just don’t care, refer to the monster as just “Frankenstein”, completely ignoring it’s creator. Aside from all of that hooha the prefix “Franken-” could, and should, be used to form other monickers for patchwork events or things. Ref the examples given: Frankenstorm, Frankenfood, Frankenbike – all are valid as they are not equivalents of, or related to the monster, but similar concoctions the doc himself could have dreamed up. Don’t get me started on the whole “Water-gate” line of suffixes…

    Reply
  41. FrankenMidTerm -  October 28, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Lily on October 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm
    Hey, did you know that the book “Frankenstein” was written when a bunch of horror authors came together and challenged each other to write the scariest story? Way cool! (First comment!)

    Not quite… It was Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Dr. John Polidori and Mary Shelley. You’ve got a few misconceptions going on there.

    First, they weren’t horror authors. They were the two greatest poets of their time, a teenage girlfriend, and the hired help. None of them were particularly experienced in this particular genre. They were bored and the weather sucked, so they decided to have some fun telling ghost stories. Percy’s story survived as a short story, Polidori’s story was published mistakenly as Lord Byron’s, and Mary’s was published as her own until her husband (Percy) got his hands on it later and messed with it.

    Reply
  42. Sir Anonymous the Bold -  October 28, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    I know this is kinda irrelevant, but what does “turning in their grave” mean? I’ve been hearing it a lot and this is my first opportunity for an answer, so no flaming please

    Reply
  43. John Newsworthy -  October 28, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    As a New Yorker about to be hit by “FrankenStorm” let me point out that
    we had on air for many years Frank Field the weatherman on WNBC and
    WCBS and his competition was his son Storm Field on WABC.
    Seems that this duo is the cause of the FrankenStorm” to which you are all referring.

    Reply
  44. Apttoreply -  October 28, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    How about “FRANKENROMNEY”: a candidate who has stitched together a large variety of positions designed to please whomever he happens to be talking to at any given time.

    Reply
  45. Jesse Tilley -  October 28, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    I’ve got an old guitar pieced together from several parts, some I’m not even sure come from the same manufacturer as the original guitar. I had it assessed, and the dude refered to it as a “Frankenaxe.” So there’s that.

    Reply
  46. RAJ -  October 28, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    In 1816 while on holiday at Lake Geneva, 5 friends participated in a contest to write the best horror story. They were Mary Wollencroft Godwin nee Shelly, her soon to be husband, Percy Shelly, (poet) along with Lord Byron, (poet / infamous cad) Claire Clarmont, (M.Shelley’s half sister / Lord Byrons lover) and Dr. John Polidori.

    Little known facts:

    1.) While we know from the book by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein never gave his creation a name, as he was horrified at what he’d done once ‘it’ became a living being, originally (from M. Shelley’s letters) the creature gave Himself a name… from the Bible. Mark 5.9, which was LEGION. “My name is Legion, for we are many.”, refering to a man possed by numerous demons, but M. Shelly took it out deciding in the end that the creature should remain totally nameless, to emphasis Frankenstein’s total abandonment of his creation. Although some argue that the creatures name was Adam as when speaking to Victor, says of himself “.I am the ADAM of your labors.” Again, a reference to the Bible, speaking metaphorically to Victor as being his maker.

    2.) Dr Polidori’s story, which he entitled ‘Vampyre’ (excellent book) about a ‘man’ named Lord Ruthven, became popular for it’s time. (Polidori admits to using the heartless Lord Byron as his inspiration.) 80 years later in Bram (Abraham) Stoker’s book ‘Dracula’, although hos character is a Count, he, as well as other characters, in Stokers book are hugly reminesent of Polidori’s story.

    3)Within just a few years (before/after) of Mary Shelly’s frightening novel ‘Frankenstein: The New Prometheus’ being published and proclaimed a sensation, all the people from the Geneva writing contest, except for Mary Shelly were dead .

    Reply
  47. Karl -  October 28, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Nowadays frankfurters would be more aptly named “frankenfurters” given the disparate animal species and their various bits and pieces that go into the wieners’ making.

    Reply
  48. JMtB03 -  October 28, 2012 - 11:26 am

    WARNING! PORAL 2 GAMEPLAY SPOILERS!

    In the video game Portal 2, the box-turret combinations that Wheatley creates to solve tests on their own are referred to in the developer commentary as “Frankenturrets.”

    Reply
  49. hehehe -  October 28, 2012 - 11:20 am

    hehehehe

    Reply
  50. asdasd -  October 28, 2012 - 11:07 am

    Frankenfail

    Reply
  51. Codie -  October 28, 2012 - 10:37 am

    Oh just to name a couple: Frankencar and Frankengame would be cool

    Reply
  52. Codie -  October 28, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Well that certainly is interesting. i did not know that prefix was used in other ways.

    Reply
  53. Glen -  October 28, 2012 - 10:32 am

    This is to Lily at the top of this thread:
    Mary Shelley and her friends, including Byron, were in a summer house the year Mt. Tambora erupted mightily, creating major atmospheric problems, a colder summer worldwide, and crop failures. Not being able to spend time outside as usual, Mary Shelley and her friends entertained one another with stories. Frankenstein was Ms. Shelley’s contribution.

    Reply
  54. Mike -  October 28, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Even the classic films helped to perpetuate the confusion between scientist and creation.

    In THE BRIDE OF, Dr. Praetorius calls the woman he and Henry Frankenstein have created, um, “The Bride of Frankenstein.” Since they both know they’ve created her for the original creature, not to be wed to the doctor, this is a kind of jarring mis-naming.

    In the second sequel, SON OF, a whiny Frankenstein, Jr., named Wolf, moans that all the villagers call the creature by his surname.

    In the third, regrettable, sequel, THE GHOST OF,Ygor, Bela Lugosi, suggests that the original creation is actually Ludwig Frankenstein’s half-ish brother, deserving of the title.

    By the way, though Victor is the doctor’s name in the novel, I don’t think any of the movie doctors had that as their first name until Hammer Horror in the late 50s.

    Reply
  55. Kiki -  October 28, 2012 - 8:31 am

    @Maureen Crawford

    IKR!!! That was the funniest movie ever!!!

    “could be worse, could be raining!”

    LOL <3

    Reply
  56. Kiki -  October 28, 2012 - 8:30 am

    @ Lauren

    the term “good” doctor is just a way of saying gentleman in the victorian times. It was a term of respect. It wasn’t necessarily referring to if Dr. Frankenstein was good or bad, and you can’t really define him as “good” or “bad” by what he did.

    Reply
  57. RWS -  October 28, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Named “monster” pup Frank N. Stein. Hmmmm, can you teach a young dog an old name?

    Reply
  58. ncooty -  October 28, 2012 - 6:53 am

    “… the media has…”?

    When did “media” become singular, especially on dictionary.com?

    Reply
  59. Parker -  October 28, 2012 - 6:47 am

    Frankensite: a lexicographer’s melange

    Reply
  60. IamKiddingYou -  October 28, 2012 - 5:27 am

    Two much too handle, to… Yew don’t no watt ewe don’t no, yew no… No watt eye mien? Know?

    Reply
  61. RUKiddingMe -  October 28, 2012 - 5:21 am

    Eye sea watt ewe are dewing… Bear with me hear, you here… Yew are taking a brake from excellence in order two introduce the topic(s) of heterographs and homonyms and there relatives and relationships… Very Crafty…

    Reply
  62. Paul Perez-Jimenez -  October 28, 2012 - 2:30 am

    Frankenstein dead; my AP students beg to differ, they enjoyed reading it and realizing how different the novel is from the movie. For example, the creature is actually described as yellow with long black hair and is not the moaning buffoon that Boris Karloff portrayed but instead has an intellect that rivals his scientific creator! READ THE BOOK!

    Reply
  63. Heidi -  October 28, 2012 - 1:42 am

    FRANKENSCENSE AND MIR’ WHO IS THE ORIGINAL VAMPIER.
    ODD,’ IT IS APPARRENT AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS WITH DEAPTH AND TRUE DETAIL… THE FIRST WRIT STORY,’ LAZORITH IS ALIVE”’ ARRRRRRRRRR””; OH OD I MUST SAY MASTER.”"I HAVE BROUGHT THE FAVERD KINDBERRIES MY LOVE’”. WEIRD AND ALL HIS 7YR OLD WIFES.. ODD,’ BUT ONLY IKF YOUR CATHLOCK AEY?’

    Reply
  64. RWS -  October 28, 2012 - 12:39 am

    Named my dog Frank N. Stein because he was so rowdy as a pup. Now, I have to change it to ‘Monster’ and name myself Frank N. Stein. I don’t know if we can bear it, bare it or what-ever… Can you teach a new dog an old name? What would the medium thinks? (Fer awl u guys and dolls that lique to get ur shortz in a wad, im jest having a laff.)

    Reply
  65. Some random person -  October 27, 2012 - 11:37 pm

    That’s interesting; I thought it was called the “Frankenstorm” because it’s huge and occurring somewhere around the time when Frankenstein’s creature was created (“on a dreary night in November”)… In retrospect, however, I probably thought this just because we happen to be reading the novel in my Literature class right now, and I was a little delusional in thinking everything was in sync with everything else, haha. Coincidences and stuff.

    Reply
  66. Vick -  October 27, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Frankenstein is indeed Victor’s name but he is not a doctor, at least not in the novel. He did become a doctor in some of the film adaptations, but in Shelley’s novel poor Victor is a student who quits school and never graduates.

    Reply
  67. grace -  October 27, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    I thought frankenstein was dead. hehe scary in halloween. ohhhhhhhh’s and ahhhhhhh’s

    Reply
  68. Floopy -  October 27, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    Dude, that picture is from the Oomph film clip Brennende Liebe. Yep, off-topic.

    Reply
  69. Aperdat -  October 27, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    You’re all wrong. The sameness of the characters of the creator and his creature was well expressed in the National Theater of London’s stage/TV presentations this spring where the actors playing each role played one night, then switched roles and played the next night. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Maybe someday it’ll be on DVD. Prey for it.

    Reply
  70. John -  October 27, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    Eddie Van Halen uses a guitar made out of various parts known as the FrankenStrat (Strat referring to the Stratocaster guitar that it’s shaped like).

    Reply
  71. Aleeyah -  October 27, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    I hope you realize that if you are planning on dressing up as “Frankenstein” for Halloween, you will be dressing up as the scientist and not the creature.

    Seriously, read the book…

    Reply
  72. Leah Madsen -  October 27, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    In the film Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein they too call the creature just monster. It’s the rest of us folks that began the Frankenstein is the monster craze.

    Reply
  73. Quilted cat -  October 27, 2012 - 11:13 am

    Frankenflower —- coined by my husband to described my very BIG sunflowers.

    Reply
  74. StormzPanda -  October 27, 2012 - 10:39 am

    Bare, supposed to be bears, shouldn’t be a big deal. It’s an honest mistake. People still have those.

    Reply
  75. Non E Muss -  October 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

    it’s pretty sad that most didn’t know Frankenstein was the scientist. hey, at least you’re learning

    Reply
  76. Kim -  October 27, 2012 - 9:11 am

    I agree with Whipsmart_McCoy. I expected this article to at the very least tell us what “Frankenstein” translates to in English, and then tell us why using the “franken” prefix is technically incorrect. I agree with all 5 of his points.

    Reply
  77. SA -  October 27, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Frankenstall – when a system administrator installs production software on top of whatever unknown / unspecified software happens to be left over from development. An install made up of unknown parts that can’t be replicated.

    Reply
  78. Dracula vs. Frankenstein -  October 27, 2012 - 8:57 am

    I have read both Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and enjoyed both, but I always preferred Dracula. What about you?

    Reply
  79. George -  October 27, 2012 - 8:23 am

    Of course, Dr. Frankenstein’s wife’s twin brother’s names were Sinatrastein and Barry.

    Reply
  80. SANDYFRANKENSTORM | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  October 27, 2012 - 8:19 am

    [...] “Sandy Frankenstorm” developing while sucking up the sand — Along the Coast developing by unpopular hyperbolic demand. — The Day After Tomorrow: — Just a Movie of Climate Change. — Mayhap one or two opinions would take time to rearrange. — Rape the Earth is the Will of some on some or another side of an election. — OMG the Economy of Privatized Protection. — All that expensive real Estate to be pumped back to the Beach from some off shore — On Account that’s where the shelters be for the Wealthier and More. — The Wind, the Rain the Snow the Hail — Not Some Wrath of God. — It’s Nature we’re a Part of on the Earth — The Sandy Frankenstorm and the Beluga Whale. — That’s actually not that  odd. — For ever What it’s Worth. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

    Reply
  81. George -  October 27, 2012 - 8:18 am

    My cat’s name is Frank

    Reply
  82. Eric -  October 27, 2012 - 7:25 am

    How about Frakenworkout? A terribly hard, monster of a work out! LOL

    Reply
  83. Manasi -  October 27, 2012 - 1:20 am

    hahahaahahahahahaahahahhahaa

    Reply
  84. Radio Akta-Vite -  October 26, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    Al Franken is a Frankensenator.

    Reply
  85. Henggao Cai -  October 26, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    Dr. Frankenstein’s creature is not inherently evil because the creature were never taught morals by its creator. Dr.Frankenstein is indirectly responsible for the deaths of several characters in the novel.

    Reply
  86. loveso much -  October 26, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    One of my favorite books. I read it so much that when my children went to high school it was on of books to read. It broke us together. Thanks Shelly

    Reply
  87. PJ -  October 26, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Years ago, I knew a guy named Frank, and he had numerous aliments. He also was a very nasty person. I called him Frankinfection. Not nice, I know.

    Reply
  88. callmeanything:) -  October 26, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Ever notice how whenever you make spelling corrections in comments, they fix it? If you look at the article now, “bears” is spelled correctly.

    Is it really pronounced frankenSTEEN?

    I don’t think we should “Franken” anything if the prefix isn’t even correct…

    Reply
  89. Phantom1111 -  October 26, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Frankenstein is an awesome legend. Best featured in The Annoying Orange, this monster is famous on almost everyday EXCEPT Halloween in my neighborhood. This is because everyone is afraid of a little story that goes round in my neighborhood. The story says that if you say Frankenstein’s name on Halloween…he will awaken and a curse will be brought among the speaker. People actually believe the story because last Halloween, Lily said it and the next day she got what was known as Phantom Fever from then on. All because of Frankenstein…

    Reply
  90. She Batt -  October 26, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    In the book the creature refers to himself or likens himself to Adam as in the first man Adam, many times. I have always though his name was Adam as a result, since that is what he named himself. Even though Dr. Victor never calls him by this name, a person or in this case the monster gives himself the name.

    For example: Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect.

    Reply
  91. luvmonkey -  October 26, 2012 - 1:45 pm

    “It’s Fronkenshteen!” Gene Wilder… Love that movie…

    I want a frankencat made out spare parts.

    Maybe I’ll go home and make a frankenbear for the kiddies…

    *Insert evil laugh*

    Reply
  92. Vicki -  October 26, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    It’s ok- they’ve changed it to ‘bears’. But honestly, I would like to go through your old English papers and see if there isn’t one single mistake in there :)

    Reply
  93. Jackie -  October 26, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    frankenstorm’s heading towards me :(

    Reply
  94. ST -  October 26, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Victor Frankenstein was actually not a doctor; in the book, he created his creature when he was a 21-year old chemistry student.

    Also, Mary Shelley and her renown poet husband, Percy Shelley, visited their friend Lord Byron in Switzerland one winter. Due to the unfavorable weather, they were stuck inside when Lord Byron suggested that they write ghost stories after reading some aloud. Neither Percy nor Lord Byron could write prose, as they were poets, but Mary’s father was a propagandist. Thus, she chose to write a horror story based on Erasmus Darwin’s experiments with preserved vermicelli. Mary, in her 1831 edition of Frankenstein, wrote “by some extraordinary means it [the vermicelli] began to move with voluntary motion.” Also, Mary visited Castle Frankenstein in Germany. Its most famous inhabitant, Johann Conrad Dippel, was an alchemist who attempted to construct a human with parts stolen from cemeteries.

    Reply
  95. M. M. -  October 26, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Sure……!

    Reply
  96. justkidding -  October 26, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    And did you also know it’s pronounced “frohn-ken-steen”?

    Reply
  97. Nobody -  October 26, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    @Laura
    Yes, in the book Frankenstein is a d*ck, but I think the site was trying to make a little joke there.

    Reply
  98. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm -  October 26, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    I always get SOOO annoyed when they refer to the monster as “Frankenstein!!!”
    FRANKENSTEIN IS THE SCIENTIST.
    THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER IS THE MONSTER.
    GET. IT. RIGHT.

    Reply
  99. Carlos -  October 26, 2012 - 10:31 am

    I suggest Franken-ken, defined as a monster of a numbers puzzle that, like the doctor’s creation, is understood by few.

    Reply
  100. Cien -  October 26, 2012 - 10:01 am

    FRANKENASCHENPUTTEL

    Reply
  101. Bobby -  October 26, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Frankendork

    Reply
  102. craigf -  October 26, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Franken-beans, because that’s what this string is worth.

    Reply
  103. Deren Kellogg -  October 26, 2012 - 9:17 am

    It’s true “Frankenstein” was the name of the scientist in the novel, and not the monster. However, the confusion between the two is not a recent phenomenon, but goes back a long time. This is one case where popular usage has changed the meaning of the term. That’s a legitimate way for language to evolve.

    Reply
  104. Everett Foisy -  October 26, 2012 - 9:09 am

    In responce to:

    patrick mccloud on October 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    i thought frakenstain was dead why are they bringing it up now that was a long time ago.
    ________________________________________________________

    *Facepalm*

    Reply
  105. Maureen Crawford -  October 26, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Frankenstare: that unsettling look the weird guy across the bar gives you. (Now I think I’ll go rent “Young Frankenstein” again. That’s Franken STEEN y’all)

    Reply
  106. IvoryCate -  October 26, 2012 - 8:24 am

    Actually, Frankenstein is the name of the doctor. Frankenstein’s Monster is the proper term for the creature.

    Reply
  107. hamahri -  October 26, 2012 - 8:16 am

    frankenloco or frankenlocomotive because they sometimes take parts from many old locomotives to build one new, completely different locomotive!!

    Reply
  108. Susan -  October 26, 2012 - 8:04 am

    Bare or bear?

    Reply
  109. APe -  October 26, 2012 - 7:57 am

    “…now Frankenstein’s monster bares his family name in popular culture…”

    The word “bares” in this sentence should be “bears”, because as a verb, the word “bear” means to carry.

    Reply
  110. Kaz -  October 26, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Franken-politics
    Franken-budget
    Franken-food (GMOs!)

    Reply
  111. Angel -  October 26, 2012 - 7:12 am

    It should be “bears” his family name in popular culture.

    Reply
  112. Cassie -  October 26, 2012 - 6:19 am

    This book is a classic; it’s an authentic bone-chiller. They don’t write them like that anymore. Highly recommended, if not for the sake of this whole conversation, just for the joy and terror one gets from reading it.

    Reply
  113. Delia -  October 26, 2012 - 6:18 am

    Nice little trivia piece, but… It is the “monster BEARS his family’s name…” I guess since the Creature was using the surname openly, then he was “baring” it too? Also, it is “the media HAVE chosen,” as it means lots of TV stations, magazines, websites, etc, and is a plural noun. Please proofread your spelling and grammar; this is a dictionary site, for gosh sakes.

    Reply
  114. Lauren -  October 26, 2012 - 6:16 am

    “…the media has chosen to ignore the good doctor’s wishes…”

    Victor Frankenstein is not good in the novel.

    Reply
  115. Eyewitness -  October 26, 2012 - 5:58 am

    Poor Al Franken, the so-called ‘junior senator’ from Minnesota!! He must have heard every ‘Franken’ pun on earth–in fact he IS a Franken pun: the ‘junior senator’ from Minnesota ran on a ticket of the Democratic-Labor-Farmer parties, which makes him a Franken-Senator!! POOR GUY!!

    Reply
  116. Duncan -  October 26, 2012 - 5:55 am

    How about Jeff Frankenstein? He’s THE BEST!!!!!! =D

    Reply
  117. SAM -  October 26, 2012 - 5:45 am

    Interesting article. In the third paragraph you’ve misspelled a word. “now Frankenstein’s monster bares his family name” –”bares” should be “bears.” Spellcheck doesn’t catch stuff like that but a proofreader should.

    Reply
  118. Michael -  October 26, 2012 - 4:16 am

    “Frankenstein’s monster bares his family name in popular culture, sewing the prefix onto the vernacular like the creature’s salvaged limbs.” I hate to pile on after the whole prefix/suffix thing (which appears to have been fixed), but the monster bears the family name, not bares it. The only way you could bare a name is if it was covered up with something and you removed the covering.

    Reply
  119. The_BlueSpade -  October 26, 2012 - 2:34 am

    Maawww-ha-ha!!! What if we tried hobbling together “Frankenstein” and the term worded “Voter Disenfranchisement?”

    Eewww, messy to put it short.

    Behold, VOTER FRANKEN-CHIDEMENT!!!! Wait, wait, changing “d” for s….. Once again beholden with the affected correction: VOTER FRANKEN-CHISEMENT!!!!! Oh the dissed humanity!!!

    Reply
  120. BJR -  October 26, 2012 - 1:53 am

    Switch to decaf “whipsmart” and get over yourself.

    Reply
  121. Whipsmart_McCoy -  October 26, 2012 - 1:19 am

    Here’s what you should’ve done:
    1. Explored the German roots of the “Franken” moniker.
    2. Acknowledge that though Shelley’s novel didn’t name the monster, subsequent fictional works did, so it’s totally legit to use “Franken” this way.
    3. Explained, chronologically how “Franken” came into fame, and not offer up just 3 random examples.
    4. Understood language belongs to all of us, and we’re free to affix (Frankenstein) prefixes (not suffixes) as we please.
    5. Written this article to educate, not drive clicks and grab at search engine traffic by drafting off of an upcoming holiday.

    Reply
  122. Suzanne Bronson -  October 25, 2012 - 9:52 pm

    Mary Shelly intentionally named the book after the creator, not the creature, to show scientists that they have a responsibility for what they do.

    Reply
  123. Bhe -  October 25, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    I think I’m dressing up as Vic this Halloween.

    Reply
  124. Bhe -  October 25, 2012 - 9:17 pm

    Bhe

    Reply
  125. unidragon -  October 25, 2012 - 9:03 pm

    I think frankenstyle would be funny, kind of like gangnam style, but twisted into a Michael Jackson thriller. Just my thoughts…

    Reply
  126. Autumn -  October 25, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Dr.Victor also called the monster fiend

    Reply
  127. nonen -  October 25, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    yaaaa like cool ya

    Reply
  128. CourtneyH -  October 25, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    “But whether or not Mary Shelley is turning in her grave, the fictional Dr. Frankenstein is definitely turning in his. Regardless of accuracy, the media has chosen to ignore the good doctor’s wishes and now Frankenstein’s monster bares his family name in popular culture, sewing the prefix onto the vernacular like the creature’s salvaged limbs.”

    I never knew that “Frankenstein” was the name of the doctor; I always thought that it was the name of the creature he made. Huh.
    But then again, I’ve never read the book, so I really would have no way of knowing…

    Reply
  129. patrick mccloud -  October 25, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    i thought frakenstain was dead why are they bringing it up now that was a long time ago.

    Reply
  130. Lily -  October 25, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Hey, did you know that the book “Frankenstein” was written when a bunch of horror authors came together and challenged each other to write the scariest story? Way cool! (First comment!) :D

    Reply
  131. g -  October 25, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    :)

    Reply

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked (required):

Related articles

Back to Top