The Dr Ivan Šreter Contest for New Croatian Words by the Jezik journal: purpose, results and similarities with contests in the United States and Germany
Objective: To show the results of the Dr Ivan Šreter Contest for New Croatian Words for the best new Croatian word and compare it with similar contests in the United States of America and Germany.
Methods: Descriptive review of the words from the 2020 contest conducted by the Jezik journal since 1992 and sponsored by the Dr Ivan Šreter Foundation.
Results: The paper explains the best words from the 2020 contest in detail and provides an overview of all the best words chosen so far. Croatian, German, and American contests are compared based on their selection and inclusion criteria of the words. The best new words are not imposed on speakers but are proposed as an alternative to foreign origin words, or as names for new terms.
Conclusion: The competition encourages Croatian speakers to have a creative attitude toward their own language.
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