Find Out What Words Were First Used In Print The Year You Were Born Using This Tool

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The year I was born was the year that “fist bump” was first used in print.

Other year highlights include “boom box,” “autocorrect,” “sleezebag,” and “buffalo wing.”

Is this information I need to know? Probably not. Is it information that’s fun to know? Absolutely.

Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveller feature can help you find out the same information about your birth year, or any year you’re interested in.

To use it, just go to Merriam-Webster’s dedicated Time Traveller page and select a year from the drop-down menu. When you do, you’ll be given a list of words that were presumably used for the first time in print that year.

If you come across one you don’t understand, you can click on it for a brief definition.

The years available range from 2017 to before the 12th century, so you can do some pretty significant exploring as well.

It can be a fun way to get a glimpse at what was going on in the world at a given time and kill a few minutes in your afternoon in the process.

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Comments

    C++, cool beans, drag-and-drop, IP address, multi-tool, N-word (I'm not trying to be PC... "N-word" is the word), supercell... and I also have to bring up "the elephant in the room".

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