5 Winners and the Very Best of #LitWords
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Earlier this week, Electric Literature ran a #LitWords contest to celebrate the release of Carson Mell’s Saguaro. We asked people to invent and define literature-inspired words, and suddenly Twitter was buzzing with the nerdiest of neologisms. Carson’s five favorites are featured below, and the creators will each receive a copy of Saguaro. The grand prize winner is also receiving an Electric Literature flask, for his creation of the word “profestory.”
And the winners are:
Profestory (n): A work so complex it can only be understood with explanation from someone who has spent years studying the story #LitWords
— Alexander Nader (@AlexNaderWrites) November 13, 2013
loliteral — adj. for someone who believes an author writing about pedophiles must be a pedophile himself #LitWords
— M. Nafpaktitis (@nafpaktitism) November 13, 2013
Vonnegutsy: having the fortitude to mix aspects of genre fiction with literary fiction. syn: Lethematic. #LitWords
— Michael Jones (@OtisBookJones) November 13, 2013
Warandpeace: n. unit of measurement for weighing books. “Don’t pack that copy. It weighs a warandpeace.” #litwords
— Cat York (@catyorkc) November 13, 2013
Pippish — adj, scared, confused, but ultimately hopeful #LitWords
— Brett Vogelsinger (@theVogelman) November 13, 2013
Congratulations to the winners!
Looking for more literary neologisms? Here’s a compilation of other excellent submissions: