56 popular words that entered the English language over the last century

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  • Our communication changes every year.
  • Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool shows what words were most popular each year.
  • They have been publishing a list of most looked up words since 2003.

Language is constantly evolving. From neologisms to emoji, how we communicate changes year by year.

To find out which words hit the scene the year you were born, INSIDER consulted Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool — a resource that showcases terms that entered the English language from before the 12th century through 2016. We also looked at the dictionary’s „Words of the Year,“ a list published annually since 2003.

Keep reading to see the words that defined our lexicon over the past century.

In 1900, people began shortening „vocabulary“ to „vocab.“

The turn of the 20th century gave us plenty of words we use every day, from „preppy“ and „television“ to „sorority“ and „vocab.“

The next decade gave us „taco,“ „legit,“ and „empathy.“

In 1901, „offbeat“ and „taco“ entered the English language (though obviously the latter was used elsewhere well before that), with „nonfat“ and „twee“ joining the lexicon in 1905.

By 1907, people were saying „blurb“ and „legit,“ which are ubiquitous to this day. And in 1909, „empathy“ and „movie“ became part of our lingo.

„Razzmatazz“ and „kerflooey“ are just two of the memorable words to emerge from the 1910s.

Razzmatazz“ is a synonym for „razzle-dazzle“ that’s been in use since 1917, while „kerflooey,“ introduced in 1918, means „awry“ or „kaput.“

More quotidian terms like „byline“ and „lifestyle“ were also introduced during this decade.

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Source: Business insider

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