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