In celebration of Berkeley’s 150th birthday and in the spirit of Fiat Lux, we are calling all Golden Bears to light up our linguistic landscape. Join us in creating a Fiat Luxicon: 150 new words that reflect Cal’s legacy of ingenuity and creativity! We’re asking faculty, staff, and students to submit original words that enhance our human language library. Through this initiaffair, we seek to celebrate the tradition of innovation that unites our global campus community.
Contribute your word by 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 21st! The first 150 entries that meet the criteria below will receive a $5 Amazon gift card and have their word added to our Fiat Luxicon installation in the VèVè Writing Lounge.
A new word of your own creation! The word must be original and can be in any language. It cannot exist in the dictionary or vernaculars of the language you seek to enhance.
In creating your word, consider:
✔ Combining existing words from any language;
✔ Translating a concept that currently has no equivalent in your language;
✔ Making a completely new word from scratch!
Part of Speech:
A noun, verb, adjective, or adverb. Your word must not be an onomatopoeia or proper noun. Click here for more information on the parts of speech.
A concise and clear explanation of what the word means.
One to two sample sentences using your word.
✔ Be original;
✔ Be creative;
✔ Enhance our understanding of a phenomena, feeling, or idea.
Part of Speech: Noun
1. A project or endeavor by two parties that stems from, sparks, or solidifies a shared interest or passion
2. A celebration of shared values and interests
Etymology: A lovechild of the words "initiative" and "affair," initiaffair--like its parents--has origins in Latin and bears traces of Anglo-French and Middle English.
Example Sentence: To mark Cal's 150th birthday, the Language Exchange Program and the Writing Program organized an initiaffair that included a new word contest, tapping Cal's spirit of playfulness and ingenuity to create a Berkeley vocabulary, the Fiat Luxicon.