We 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…
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 it’s 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 won’t wow us enough to win.
So, here’s 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.