Was this word added to the dictionary in the '70s, '80s, or '90s?

Don't let this be a "buzzkill"!

The one thing that never changes about language is that it keeps changing. Brand new words and phrases are entering our lexicon all the time. The 2010s have already given us "bingeable", "escape room", and "photobomb". We need new words to describe new experiences, inventions, and discoveries. Or maybe we just finally put a name to something that's already been around.

Using the Merriam-Webster time machine, we're looking at the years that words first entered the dictionary. Keep in mind that this quiz is only using the year the word was added to the dictionary, not the year that it first began being used. Many of these words were used for awhile before getting added - that's how language works!

Can you guess if these words and phrases were added to the dictionary in the groovy '70s, the far-out '80s, or the totally tubular '90s?

  1. Robocall
  2. Foodie
  3. Overhype
  4. Mosh pit
  5. Shout-out
  6. Microbrew
  7. Pay-per-view
  8. Barista
  9. Buzzkill
  10. Touch screen

Was this word added to the dictionary in the '70s, '80s, or '90s?

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DerekBird 1 month ago
I think that having been born in 1964 and growing up throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s helped me to get 9/10 right.
DerekBird 1 month ago
You got 9 correct
Did these words leave you speechless?

Missed #10.
idkwut2use 4 months ago
First time I didn’t know a single one...O.o xD
Wenatchee7 16 months ago
only got 5 but if they grade on a curve I'm good.
N1ck0las 17 months ago
Epic fail for me 3/10
Firefly2020 N1ck0las 16 months ago
Me too! LOL!
N1ck0las Firefly2020 16 months ago
It’s a movement. 😜
Firefly2020 N1ck0las 16 months ago
LOL Nick! I got 4 right, and I only GUESSED at those, HaHa Have a blessed day!
tommy 17 months ago
Wow I got three correct
JERRY6 tommy 1 month ago
same here , when added to the dickshonairy and when it was used , 2 different things
dethLSMO89 17 months ago
Really difficult. I didn't get any right.
KellyShort 17 months ago
You got 7 correct
Not to bad
Laura 17 months ago
Worst ever at this match game. I got 1 right
UnicornPrincess 17 months ago
Got 3 right... Touchscreen in '74??? Wow.
I know. That surprised me.
SashaPayneDiaz 17 months ago
3/10....really sucked on this one.
TheDavBow3 17 months ago
Oh my, 4 outa 10. Man, that's so gnarly, dude. Now everyone is going to give me the business. I hope the next quiz is groovy. Peace out.
kens58 17 months ago
4 right. Foolishness I tell you.
Catman 17 months ago
I managed to get 4 correct answers. So sad.
peacefrog77 17 months ago
Only got 3 right,
To quote Benjamin Grimm
"Watts Revoltin Development this is".
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