Dr. Ivan Šreter Award

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The Dr. Ivan Šreter Award (Croatian: Nagrada Dr. Ivan Šreter) is an annual Croatian linguistics award for the best Croatian language word coined.

The award is named after Dr. Ivan Šreter (1951–1991), a Croatian physician who was sentenced to jail time in Communist Yugoslavia in 1987[1] for choosing to use the distinct Croatian umirovljeni časnik to refer to his patient as a retired officer, rather than using penzionisani oficir.[2] During the Croatian War of Independence he was taken captive by Serb troops and presumably killed, although his remains have not been found as of April 2008.[2]

The contest and the award was initially designed by Stjepan Babić, and it has been organized by the literary magazine Jezik since 1993.[3]


  • 1993 - László Bulcsú for suosnik,[4] as a replacement for the term koaksijalni kabel (Eng: coaxial cable)
  • 2006 - Nada Arar-Premužić for uspornik,[5] as a replacement for the term ležeći policajac (Eng: speed bump)
  • 2008 - Vilim Pantlik for naplatnica[6] as replacement for naplatna kućica (Eng: tollbooth)
  • 2009 - Drago Štambuk for proširnica,[7] as a replacement for žilni potporanj (Eng: stent)
  • 2010 - Vinko Vukadin for ispraznica[8] as replacement for floskula (Eng: platitude)


  1. ^ Grčević, Mario (2002). Some remarks on recent lexical changes in the Croatian language (PDF). Lexical Norm and National Language. München: Verlag Otto Sagner. p. 151. ISBN 3-87690-823-X. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  2. ^ a b "Nagrada "Dr. Ivan Šreter"" (PDF). Reumatizam (in Croatian). 54 (1). July 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Nagrada za najbolju novu riječ". Vijenac (in Croatian). Matica hrvatska (393). 26 March 2009. ISSN 1330-2787. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  4. ^ "OD FIGURE DO KULTURE – NEOLOGIZAM Riječi, značenja i svjetovi". Vijenac (in Croatian) (408). 2009-10-22. ISSN 1330-2787. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  5. ^ Dr. Ivan Šreter Foundation and Jezik Magazine Archived April 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Naplatnica" best new Croatian word[dead link]
  7. ^ Izabrane tri najbolje riječi od predloženih 4000 Archived March 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Ispraznica, osjećajnik i parkomat najbolje nove hrvatske riječi