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From 9 February 2003 Issue

A Neologism: Amitor
By Greg Lawson - [email protected] 

From Merriam-Webster...
Main Entry: ne·ol·o·gism
Function: noun
Etymology: French néologisme, from ne- + log- + -isme -ism
Date: 1800
1 : a new word, usage, or expression
2 : a meaningless word coined by a psychotic
(ok, ok, read on, sheesh, just because I'm psychotic doesn't invalidate this concept)

We define the world with words. We have invented words to describe what our senses perceive and what our imaginations can imagine. To a very large extent, language affects the way we interpret reality. Associations between words motivate us to actions. Lion = fearsome = run.

The word "predator" means "an animal that preys upon other animals." There is no antonym for "predator" in the English language. There is no word in any other language that the Amitor project has researched, which defines behaviors opposite to predation.

A man named Tom Hufford realized this and invented the word "amitor" from the latin "ami" for friend and "tor" to denote the agent or doer of an action...thus amitor, to be a friend. "No one is born hating...if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Tom Hufford

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines predator in this manner...
Main Entry: pred·a·tor Function: noun
Date: 1912
1 : one that preys, destroys, or devours
2 : an animal that lives by predation

and predation...
Main Entry: pre·da·tion
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English predacion, from Latin praedation-, praedatio, from praedari
Date: 15th century
1 : the act of preying or plundering : DEPREDATION
2 : a mode of life in which food is primarily obtained by the killing and consuming of animals

and depredate
Main Entry: dep·re·date
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -dat·ed; -dat·ing
Etymology: Late Latin depraedatus, past participle of depraedari, from Latin de- + praedari to plunder
Date: 1626
transitive senses : to lay waste : PLUNDER , RAVAGE
intransitive senses : to engage in plunder

The proposed definition for "amitor" is 1) a creature who does not use violent, physically extreme, coercive, emotional, exploitive or economic force on those of its own or other species for its existence or its pleasure. 2) a standard bearer of non-arrogance. 3) one who only uses force for self-defense. The antonym for "amitor" is "predator."

The mission of the Amitor Project is to have this new word introduced into the English language and included in dictionaries by 2025.

The world needs more words to describe peace and nonviolent behaviors. The more we are able to speak of peace, the more peace becomes reality.

For more information about the Amitor Project and to sign an online petition to have the word amitor included in dictionaries, visit: 
Amitor Home Page
and petition 

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