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Old 12-13-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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New Words Coined The Year You Were Born

The OED website has a look up table where you can look up any new words that appeared for the first time the year of your birth (or any other year).

OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year? | OxfordWords blog
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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photocall, n.
Meaning: Originally: a summoning of theatrical or other performers to be photographed, esp. during a rehearsal or before or after a performance
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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Interesting. I had heard of photo opportunity but never photocall.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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I'm guessing that many of these trendy-at-the-time words must have gone out of favor almost as suddenly as they appeared. My word is "bouffy" and relates to looking like a bouffant hairstyle. Since the bouffant is long out of fashion, the word probably died around the same time.

Equally interesting are words that have become obsolete. For example, a few weeks ago I was getting my hair cut by a young lady in (I'm guessing) her early to mid 20s. Somehow I happened to use the word "gobbledygook" in conversation. She just looked at me and started to laugh. I asked her what was so funny, to which she replied "Gobbledygook. I've never heard that before. What does it mean?" So I explained it to her.

She said "That's a fun word. People should say it more often."

I didn't want to tell her that people used to say it all the time when I was younger.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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This is pretty

cyberculture, n.
Meaning: The social conditions brought about by widespread automation and computerization; (in later use also) the culture surrounding computers and (esp.) the Internet.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #6
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This years top word is "selfie" with "twerking" coming in a close second! I will take "photocall" over them any day!
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How did you guys get in? It wanted me to take out a 200 something dollar subscription.
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...Somehow I happened to use the word "gobbledygook" in conversation. She just looked at me and started to laugh. I asked her what was so funny, to which she replied "Gobbledygook. I've never heard that before. What does it mean?" So I explained it to her...
Gobbledygook is my birthday word! I guess I'm obsolete. Actually I kind of already knew that.
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I like the old new words!

Words like posh and splurge!
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