You want to say or write something about light? 
There'll be a PhosWord for it...

of the Year 2015"


PhoScope, think tank on light

The UN proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light
and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).
PhoScope is a member organization of the network 
Lighting-Related Organizations (L-RO),
and L-RO is an official partner of UNESCO for IYL 2015.

PhosWords of the Year 2015 is
an open call for neologisms about light and lighting.  
This competition is part of the official IYL2015 program.

What is 
We have created PhosWords for you. 

PhosWords is a series of neologisms initiated by PhoScope. We reclaim the Greek etymology of light (Photo-, Phos-) to communicate about light and lighting. 
The lexicon not only raises awareness about light-related disciplines, but also advances the narration of light and lighting in everyone’s daily life.  
PhosWords now features about 500 words with definitions, etymological roots, synonyms and antonyms, and it is accessible as an online open source resource.


Why a Competition?
Now you too can create PhosWords. 

PhosWords is an untapped source
waiting to be expanded.

We want to celebrate the International Year of Light IYL2015 with you and your PhosWords:
We invite everyone to contribute to phoslocution and to spread knowledge about phocy and phototecture.
Entries will be reviewed by a select jury of designers and writers:
jurors will be announced in the summer.
PhoScope will integrate all winning entries with PhosWords online at the end of 2015 and with the second edition in 2016.



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> Submit words that you would like to think, say, read or write
> Submit complete entries with full definition(s) in English and all etymological references
> Submit entries with the Greek root Photo- or Phos- for light (entries that use the Latin root Lux- instead will be disqualified)
> Submit one application for every PhosWord you wish to enter (you can submit multiple entries)
> You can submit alternative or supplemental definitions for existing entries
> Refer to PhosWords for existing lexicon


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Your PhosWord, adj./n./ v.: definition(s), synonyms and antonyms as applicable [include etymological roots and meaning]
acrophotal, adj.: bearing light at the apex. syn. acrophotic
acrophotally adv. acrophocy n.  [f. Gk. ákros 'tip, peak' + photal])


photosophy: winners will receive a Photosopher card


> january 1

Competition opens

> summer
Jury announced

> october 1
0:00am EDT
 (UTC -4)

Competition ends

> november

> december
Winning entries announced and published online

> 2016
"PhosWords of the Year 2015” published in PhosWords, 2nd ed.

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