The Favorite Words Project collects people’s
favorite words and publishes them as a living installation on t-shirts
and bumper stickers.
It's intentions are to celebrate language through favorite words,
to begin a dialogue about the role of words in our lives and to
bring these words together to hear the whole community speak.
Our year of
collecting words ended April 1, 2012. It was quite an amazing year.
We received words from all over the world. And not just words but
anecdotes, definitions, and explanations.
The cornocopia of language was plenty, which made it difficult to figure out how to organize and present the words, their impact, and the voices of those who claimed them all in one place. We mulled over it, we worried. Then, a light. meg willing, our designer, had a vision and is currently at work creating a fine art tryptych that incorporates all the words in a way that brings everything together--the words, the human experience of those words, the connections they make, and the vastness of who we are. It's going to be beautiful!
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About the Project
we ask about the words we collect: Why is this word favorite?
What does the word represent? Is the word of or about the individual
who names it? Is the word a prayer? Is the word a tool? Is the word
art in itself? Why is one word more popular than another? If we
own our favorite words, how does that change us? If we speak our
favorite words, how does that change the world around us?
We will not
censor words. We will use/publish every word collected both
in the installation and the final book. We define "word"
as a single entity which can be found either in the dictionary or
which is commonly used as slang in any language. For example, we
will use "Whatchamacallit", but we will not use "lovemycat".
We also will not use names of people, places, products or businesses.
We will collect
words for 1 year. We started officially collecting words in
April 2011 and will end the collection process in April 2012.