“My Word Matters” Contest

Contest question:
If you had a chance to invent a new word or change an existing word for Oxford Dictionary, what would it be? Prepare a list of five words and write their definitions.

The contest is open to all students in grades 2nd to 8th. Only one winner, whose words are the most interesting and creative, will be selected.


And the winner of “My Word Matters” Contest is…

Aarav Artham (6th grade)

Below are the five words he invented. Aarav brought in variation, new perspective, and applied out-of-the-box thinking. Additionally, his words flowed naturally, did not sound forced or artificial.   

  1. Oodzy – a person so odd that he or she might be actually crazy. 

  2. Magnyfill – a unique container where we put small objects to make them look large.

  3. Knowenster – a person who likes knowledge.

  4. Luminophobia – a fear of intense, bright (luminous) colors.

  5. Wragle – a position where the person is in charge of both parks and livestocks. It is a promotion from “Wrangler” (a keeper of parks and forests) and “Ranger” (a keeper of horses and cattle).

There were other words, from other participants, that were equally interesting. Some of them are listed below. 

Pranav Sarang (5th grade)
Rellow – a re-naming of orange, the color, in order to avoid confusion with orange, the fruit. 
Doughts – a state of mind where we doubt our own thoughts.

Darshita Rakam (7th grade)
– to sing while playing (strumming) the guitar. 
Beautiphobia – the fear of looking beautiful.

Avni Singh (2nd grade)
Miserahappy – when we feel happy and sad at the same time.

Pranav Ganesan (4th grade)
Swinter – when summer and winter meet up. 



Aarav Artham – 9th grade

Aarav is hyper energetic (not always a good thing) and inquisitive (always a good thing!). One of his good qualities is, the ability to enjoy every lesson and work to the best of his ability. He is also receptive to comments and suggestions, and is excited about improving his assignments.