yg = 'ay'
original = raw_input('Enter a word:')
if len(original) > 0 and original.isalpha():
word = original.lower()
first = word
newword = word + first + pyg
newword = newword[1:len(newword)]
Oops, try again. The value for the original variable looks off, make sure that you entered a word containing only letters.