May We Have a Word?


New words enter into common use every day. Now is your chance to add one to the English language. Send us the perfect neologism to describe any of these orphaned definitions, and if your word wins, you’ll receive linguistic immortalityand a handsome new AMERICAN SCHOLAR tote bag. (Can’t see the form below? Email your entries to us directly at or click here.)


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Our Readers may send letters to The American Scholar, 1606 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009; or e-mail them to Please include a daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for length or clarity.


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