Little Word. Kind Word. Cuss Word. The Wishing. Sacred Word. Profane Word.
Foreign Word. The Cursing. Secret Word. Neologism. Nonce Word. The Prayer.

The Foster Words Project

Code Word. Dirty Word. The Naming. The Pet Name. The Un-Name. The Given Name.
The Nickname. The Riddling. Endearment. The Insult. Ineffable. The Punning. The Word Game.
The Unsayable. Interpellation. The Pun. The Chanting. The Damning. The Spell. The Poeming.

The Writer, Louise Robinson, Dansedelune Illustration (with permission from the artist)

Donated Words: A Living Gallery

Donated Words So Far:

• A
• A Memory Palace
• abjection
• absurd
• Accessible
• agape/Agape
• aging
• Alcohol
• alea
• alone
• alterity
• altruistic
• anatomy
• ancient
• And.
• Animals
• Answer
• anthropocene
• anxiety
• Apocalypse
• apology
• aporia
• Apostrophe
• archive
• art
• artificial intelligence
• As
• ascendant
• Ash
• aspidella
• astronauts
• attachment
• autochthonicity
• avatar
• balance
• balm
• barter
• Be
• BÉATRICE
• beauty
• Being
• between
• bootsoles
• branding
• bricoleur
• build a fort
• Bullshit.
• Bunny
• cacophanous
• captive/captivity/captivate
• Carbon
• carnivalesque
• Cecily Bumtrinket
• change
• chaos
• charity
• Choice
• Civility
• clinkerbells
• cliodynamics
• clouds
• coffee
• collaboration
• collective
• colonize
• community
• Company
• compassion
• compulsion
• conformity
• consciousness
• Constellation
• copula
• coral
• Corporation
• corporuption
• corruption
• cosmos
• crayons
• create
• cruelty
• cryptic/crypt
• curiosity
• Daughters
• dazzlement
• Debt
• definitive
• depression
• desire
• desperation
• Despotism
• deterritorialize
• detournement
• Différance
• difference
• discombobulated
• dismal
• Dispersion
• Divine (as name, as verb, as adjective)
• Divine Grace
• dolphins
• domination/submission
• dump
• dungarees
• ecocide
• ecology
• ectoplasm
• efficient
• Ego
• electric sheep
• elegy
• emerge/emergence/emergency
• empathy
• enigmatic
• Ensouled
• entitlement
• ephemerality
• Eros
• errancy
• Estrangement (Ostranenie)
• Evolution
• excitement
• existential
• existential twinge
• Extinction
• face
• failure
• fairy tales
• faith
• Falling
• family
• farce
• fare-thee-well
• Fear of Death
• figment
• finite
• fission
• flirtation
• food
• forgetting
• forgiveness
• foster
• Friend
• friendship
• Fuck.
• Futile
• Gaia
• gangs
• Garden
• generosity
• genocide
• ghosts
• global village
• Gone
• goodbye
• gorge
• grace
• graffiti
• grateful
• green (“greensleeves”)
• grey
• Grief (grieving/grievance)
• Grind
• grotesque
• grow
• guilt
• Habitat/habitant/inhabited/habit/habitual
• haircut
• hands
• healing
• Hela
• helplessness
• here
• hold
• home
• homelessness
• hope
• Horror.
• hospital
• house
• Humility
• humanities
• husbandry
• hybridity
• hypomone
• I am Lonely
• I/Us
• idiosyncratic
• Imagination
• imbricate
• immortality
• impermanence
• impossible
• “In the pink”
• Inception
• incommensurability
• Indigeneity
• Industrial Sublime
• inertia
• inferno
• Infinity
• inheritance
• insidious
• inspiration
• Integrity
• Interdisciplinarity
• intersubjectivity
• Intimacy
• invention
• Investment
• invisible
• is god dead?/god is dead!
• Jumbo
• justice
• Keep
• kindness
• knowledge
• Knowledge Keepers
• language
• learning
• legible bodies
• less
• levitation
• Life
• “Life is from space”
• lint
• little
• Live
• longing
• Look after me (who will)?
• loss
• love
• making
• Mars
• meaning
• medication
• melancholy
• memento
• memory
• mercy
• message in a bottle
• Metaphor
• metaxu
• Métissage
• midden
• mimosa/mimesis
• minutes
• Minutiae
• Mise en abime
• Miss
• Mistakes (error)
• mittens
• Mitzvah
• money
• Monstrous
• Mother Carey is Plucking her Chickens
• mourning
• mushrooms
• music
• my coat
• My Mother
• mythomania
• Narcissus
• nation-states
• natural
• nature
• Negative Capability
• negativity
• neologism
• never
• New
• Nike
• NO.
• nomadism
• nonsense
• Nostalgia
• Nostalgia for order
• obsolescence
• Oil.
• old
• online
• oracle
• Otherness
• Outis
• panopticon
• parade
• plastic
• play
• Polar Bears
• Polari (via history of gay male patois)
• Polarization
• polysemy
• portmanteau
• possibilities
• possible
• poverty
• Power.
• powerlessness
• prayer
• precarity
• present/presence
• pride
• privilege
• Profane
• progeny
• propaganda
• punk rock DIY
• purity
• quantum
• questions
• quotidian
• Rain
• raincheque
• rations
• Reciprocity
• Regeneration
• repeated
• repetition
• Resentment
• resistance
• responsibility
• reunion
• reverence
• reverie
• rhinoceros
• rice
• riddle
• ritual
• robots
• roots
• sacred imagination
• Sacrifice
• saffron
• salvage
• screens
• Sedition
• self/selfless
• sensorium
• sex
• shame
• share
• shell-shocked
• shine
• Shit
• shit the bed.
• sight
• Silence
• simulacrum
• simultaneous
• Soil
• solarity
• Solostalgia
• sparse
• Special Hats (to protect us)
• squalour
• squatters
• Story
• strategies/tactics
• Study (via the work of Fred Moten)
• sublime
• suicight
• survival
• survival/survivalists
• Swearing
• symbiosis
• technology
• temoinage
• Tempest
• Thanatos
• the Imponderable
• the ineffable
• the sun
• The Waiting
• The world feels too fucked up to fix it all.
• things?Things
• thoughtful living
• time
• To Witness
• together
• Totem
• touch
• toxicity
• toys
• trans/transient/transgressive/intransigence
• transformation
• translation
• transmission
• trash
• Trauma
• Treasure (each day)
• “treasureds”
• Truth Embargo
• try
• twins
• Two Row Wampum
• Un.
• uncertain
• uncertainty
• Uninhabitable
• untranslatable
• utopia
• Vaccine
• valenca
• vapid
• verse/versus
• violence
• vulnerability
• want
• war
• Water
• waylay
• whales
• What if my life does not work out the way it is supposed to?
• When I grow up I want to be a sheep
• whimsey
• widows
• wonder
• work
• worth
• wrestling
• xenophobia
• you/yours
• zenith
• Zoom
• zoonotic