New Croatian words to be selected – the 15 top submissions
- by croatiaweek
- in News
Croatian magazine “Jezik” and the “Dr. Ivan Šreter” Foundation have published 15 words that have been shortlisted for the competition for the best new Croatian word and the “Dr. Ivan Šreter” Award for 2023.
The best new Croatian words will be selected from a number of submissions. This year, the largest number of submissions have been received with 385 people submitting as many as 538 new words.
Only 15 suggestions have the shortlist and three words will win the prize, and their authors will receive cash prizes and diplomas.
The 15 words on the shortlist are:
Obrubnik – for skirting
Šećerice – for plant that produces sugar
Bakroza – for Wilson’s disease
Prikaznik – for display
Dimodojavnik – for smoke detector
Prijevodnici – for subtitles
Odricajnica – for disclaimer statement
Prestrujnik – for power adaptor
Krugotok – for roundabout
Znojilište – for sauna
Javnozborac/javnozborstvo – for PR
Otpadalište – for waste landfil
Pridatak – for plug in
Zaključaj – for lockdown
Izazor – for rearview mirror
The selection of the best new Croatian words is celebrated every year during the commemorative week of the Declaration on the Croatian Language, which defended the Croatian language in 1967.
The awards are named after Dr. Ivan Šreter (1951–1991), a Croatian physician who was sentenced to jail time in Yugoslavia in 1987 for choosing to use the distinct Croatian umirovljeni časnik to refer to his patient as a retired officer, rather than using penzionisani oficir.
The awards have been organised by the literary magazine Jezik since 1993.