Getting a Word (Made Up Word) into the Lexicon: Lasticity

Help me get the word “lasticity” into the lexicon. To understand the term, try tab on titled What is Lasticity? Then, consider how the word can be used — — everywhere, all the time by educators, parents, administrators, police officers, psychiatrists, psychologists, suicide prevention workers, social workers, leaders. Try its hashtag: #lasticity. Suggestions for how to spread us of the word are welcomed and needed. Out of the box suggestions too.

Apparently, words get added to glossaries and dictionaries if they are used frequently, appear to be needed due to absence of existing words that mean the same thing, are used by celebreties of all sorts — actors, athletes, politicians, public figures. If you are one of those, please consider using the word “lasticity.”

Lasticity sounds like it should be a word — and it is a word that can help students and people at all ages and stages garner success. It is a word that recognizes that we all do not lead charmed lives but we can succeed — we just can’t do it totally on our own. We need reciprocity and trust, among other variables.

Think of the possible uses of the term as an adjective or a noun: I am lastic. We have a lastic culture. I believe lasticity will address many issues that hold at risk students back. Lasticity is an umbrella term into which resiliency, grit and mindsets can comfortably fit. And one university recently used the terms that they offer students “grit and growth.” That’s fine; hope they have a lastic environment.

So, if you have ideas (once you familiarize yourself with the term lasticity/lastic) for how to make the word part of our parlance, I am all ears and eyes too.

Anticipatory thanks….for understanding the term and helping it become part of how we understand and provide success in America.

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Author, Educator & Commentator; Former President, Southern Vermont College; Former Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Former Law Professor

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