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Neologisms

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. For this week’s contest, we challenged you to write a dictionary entry for a word of your own creation, or a neologism. The Oxford English Dictionary, the “definitive record of the English language,” updates regularly to include new words. Language is constantly evolving, and new words are coined all the time. Maybe one day some of your neologisms will find their way into the dictionary!

Our winner this week is Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis, MD. Check out some of the sixth graders’ coined words!

  • dorkenwinkle: a strange look when a face is pulled or pushed with the hands. — Kieran J.
  • lepello: to cure a sudden illness quickly. — Bethany Y.
  • mazly: to be addicted to mazes. — Julie L.
  • gladicious: adj. when you’re happy but you’re supposed to be mad. — Rebecca F.
  • jwumbo: a person that is the coolest. — Jonathan F.
  • darfle: a very rare gem that is only found in India. It is worth $200,000,000. The first one was found in 1988 by William L. Khlar. — Kira F.
  • fladding v. 1. to fly mournfully; 2. to glide slightly upwards; 3. (most common) to crash dangerously and slowly. — Emmet C.

Thank you to everyone who entered this week! Don’t forget to enter this Friday’s Week In Rap Shout-Out Contest for a chance to win a shout out on November 21.