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Invent a Word Contest

Thomas JeffersonWe invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language.

Interestingly, there are words that mean invented words; the fancy word is neologism (invented by Thomas Jefferson) and the informal word is sniglet (invented by Rich Hall).

The word you invent might be

Adopted for the times. Such as selfie or emoticon.

Sprung from politics. Such as muckraker or Obamacare.

Formed by merging two previously existing words. Such as bootylicious or blog.

Related to the worlds of science fiction or fantasy. Cyberspace was invented by William Gibson for the novel Neuromancer. Muggle was invented by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter books.

Just a good sound. Such as chortle or persnickety.

Or just a word that we need. Such as zonked or neologism.

Nobody invented more words than Shakespeare. To name a few:

articulate, bandit, bedazzled, besmirch, bump, clangor, corroborate,†domineering, ensnare, eyeball, frugal, hobnob, incarnadine, intrenchant, lackluster, majestic, mimic, moonbeam, obscene, rant, suspicious, swagger, uncomfortable, vulnerable, zany

Though its an honorable practice, we discourage simple morphing (itself a fairly new word). For example, turning a noun into a verb, as in googling, or a noun into an adjective, as in flowery. Those probably wont wow us enough to win.

So, heres the deal. Give us the word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence. For example

Cyberspace an alternate reality that exists solely inside the digital world of computers.†

Maurice cruised through cyberspace in search of the perfect answer.

The inventor of the best word gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.


The Details:

∑††††† Submit an invented word, a definition, and use of the word in a sentence.
∑††††† Entries must be submitted online by August 18, 2014. Only online entries will be accepted.
∑††††† Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
∑††††† Entry must consist of no more than 50 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
∑††††† Entry must be original and unpublished.
∑††††† Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
∑††††† Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com
∑††††† The winner will be notified by September 15, 2014.

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