Welcome to Lexember, a month-long "game" that challenges participants to create at least one new word in one of their conlangs daily from the 1st through the 31st of December, and to post the results here in this thread. This is the 10th year of the Lexember "tradition", I believe, and its 9th year here on the CBB!
Commenting on the words others have made is always encouraged, as is taking inspiration from them! Even if you're not participating yourself, you're still welcome to leave comments here in the thread, if you'd like. It's been mentioned in previous years that communities of conlangers on various social media platforms also participate in Lexember (in fact, I believe it was started on Twitter), so if you're active elsewhere, you might consider posting your words there, too. However, if you'd like to participate in the challenge, but would prefer not to post the words you come up with anywhere online, that's perfectly fine as well, of course.
I want to emphasize that there is no single "correct" way to participate in Lexember. I don't want anyone who might be interested in Lexember to be discouraged from participating just because they feel that they might not be able to participate every single day or make their posts as detailed as they would like, or that none of their conlangs are "ready" enough. I've tried to address these potential concerns under the spoiler:
In 2018 and 2019, I updated the thread's OP at the start of each week to suggest various "themes" that people might take inspiration from. In 2020, I suggested all of the themes in advance at the start of the month.
This year, I'm open to suggestions for our weekly themes from any prospective participants. If you're considering taking part in this year's Lexember, please feel free to either post your theme suggestions here in the thread or send them to me directly via private message. In the past, I've generally chosen themes that will hopefully help facilitate the creation of pretty basic vocabulary for anyone who's participating with a fairly new conlang, but which are also broad enough and open enough to interpretation that those participating with more developed conlangs should also be able to follow them, if they so choose. Examples of themes from previous years can be found by following the links at the bottom of this post. I will be taking all suggestions received between November 24th and November 30th into consideration, and I'll try to use as many of them as possible. I'll be editing this post on December 1st to indicate the themes for all five weeks.
Naturally, no one is ever required to follow these themes at all, let alone throughout the entire month, and players who do choose to follow them should feel free to interpret them however they'd like. If anyone would like to suggest additional or alternative themes at any point throughout the month, please feel free to do so.
- Week 1 (Dec. 1-4): TBD
- Week 2 (Dec. 5-11): TBD
- Week 3 (Dec. 12-18): TBD
- Week 4 (Dec. 19-25): TBD
- Week 5 (Dec. 26-31): TBD