August 25, 1998
Houghton Mifflin Company
2 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108
To Whom it May Concern,
Iíd like to call to your attention the recent development of a relatively new word which necessitates recognition in the English language. Perhaps youíve already heard of, and are making plans to include this word in your next edition. The word Iím referring to is zombiebot.
A zombiebot is a creation from two words, zombie and robot. I feel a good, working definition of zombiebot might go something like this: A mechanical device that works automatically or by remote control created and/or reanimated from a previously junked (corpse-like) state. Thatís a creation from your definitions of zombie and robot and I feel it describes zombiebot fairly well, although, you guys are the professionals and Iím sure can come up with a more refined definition.
Zombiebot is a word that is certainly gaining popularity and recognition in my area and probably yours too. Personally, I am in the process of building my own personal zombiebot, a first for me. Mostly made of parts from old lawnmowers, this prototype will be a self-propelled chain swinging zombiebot that, once started, will only stop running when it runs out of fuel. In the future, I will add a remote feature which will allow me to start and stop the zombiebot upon command. I see great potential for mass production of these zombiebots, visualizing a wide array of uses from home defense to gardening. Please note, I am NOT trade-marking the name zombiebot, or using the name zombiebot as a brand. Zombiebot is a noun which deserves its inclusion within the dictionary.
As functional as the word is, it is bound for use amongst daily vocabulary and you may want to take notice of it now as, sometime in the near future, the word zombiebot will need to be addressed. Already words of the like-kind and origins pertaining are being created (zombie-truck for example). As Noah Websterís intent was to shape the English language as well as reflect it, zombiebot certainly needs its inclusion. I bring this to your attention as a concerned American lexicographer and express my appreciation in advance for your attention and consideration to this matter.
William Joseph Patrick Lonsdale IV