What words were created the year you were born?

"Bae" might be older than you.

Language is a funny thing. It's strange to think about how some words that you use every day didn't even exist before we were born, and it's even stranger to think about how old some words actually are. 

We went through the painstaking process of going through Merriam Webster's Time Traveler to find out some of the most interesting words and phrases that found a place in print for the first time each year, starting in 1937.

What surprised you most about your list?
  1. What year were you born?

What words were created the year you were born?

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Runeshaper 19 months ago
Words that date back to 1984 include:
Death metal
Moonwalk
Phone tag
Spin doctor
Wack
Yuppify
Geeked
Repurpose
Julesverne54 23 months ago
I was born in 1954, and I highly doubt that digitalizing and couponing were a thing back then.
DouglasMorris 23 months ago
words that date back to 1972 include: bag lady cheapo drag king floppy disk garage band Mani- Pedi Page- Turner and spaghetti strap.
EllisClevenger 28 months ago
Words that date back to 1944 include:
Boxer shorts
Fan fiction
Footsie
Gobbledygook
Kombucha
Latchkey child
Thrift shop
Trickle-down
Lucyneenah19701 30 months ago
I was born in 1970. The only word that I use that was created in 1970 is Bad hair day. I have had a few bad hair days. I thought that word was created in the 1980's!
WILD Lucyneenah19701 23 months ago
No, but it was made very popular because of us Metalheads.
DIGGER1 30 months ago
Words that date back to 1969 include:
Ageism
Anchorwoman
Doula
Headhunt
Ho-hum
Laid-back
Life coach
Spacey
Randall 30 months ago
You all are missing the point.. a while ago while doing these quizzes we entered the Mandela Effect Zone !!!
Randall Randall 30 months ago
Since there is no way now to edit my original comment... only delete it...l decided to reply to myself...the miracle of technology never fails to amuse me !!!
BrownieMom 30 months ago
Words that date back to 1954 include:
Bolo tie
Cash flow
Couponing
Digitization
Junk mail
Rock and roll
Sci-fi
TV dinner
cperrynaples 30 months ago
I was born in 1958, but i'm pretty sure MOST of those words weren't said 60 years ago!
AndrewHass 30 months ago
I was born in 1976 and the words that were created that year were bicycle shorts, body piercing, french press, Kung pao, meme, 'Tude, Wannabe and wuss.
AnnaRentzVandenhazel 30 months ago
"Codswallop" is a word from 1963? This is the first time I've heard it!
Are you sure that was 1963 and NOT 1763...LOL?
It's English.
WILD AnnaRentzVandenhazel 23 months ago
Probably Britishit.
Dicazi 30 months ago
Hangry dates to 1956???
Spell check doesn't even recognize it today.

Hangry are the folks on those Snickers commercials who don't revert back to their "real" selves {from being a celebrity;} until they've eaten a Snickers. {That's what Hangry means:" Being in a foul mood because you are hungry.}
The Hangry commercials are not the same as the celebrity commercials. That being said , what did you think about the rapper who became Elton John?
I know what it means. I just never heard it befire the last 10-15 years.
anthony 30 months ago
Funny wuss has only been arounf since 1976.
anthony 30 months ago
Game changer is one of the most over used phrase of all time.I hate when people say it.It shoud be outlawed. 99% of the ones on the1993,1992 list I never heard of.1991 I heard of gift card and bestie.90 I heard of mcmansion and twentsomething.All the years before that i'm familar with most of them.Guess I've been living under a rock for the last25 years.😄😄
MrsPhilHarris 30 months ago
Interesting. I had to sign in again.
anthony MrsPhilHarris 30 months ago
I did last two times as well.Next thing you know we are gonna have to watch commercials before we take a quiz.
MrsPhilHarris anthony 30 months ago
LOL! You may be right.
Dicazi anthony 30 months ago
Me, too. And I couldn't remember my password and I couldn't get it emailed. Never happens with Disqus
Or we have to go through one of their quizzes/stories and figure out what/how many mistakes METV made!
I think all of us had to resign in today, another reason to go back to Disqus!!
I had to resign in today, too.
ndebrabant 30 months ago
What words were created the year you were born?

Words that date back to 1953 include:
Audiobook
Ballpoint pen
Fish stick
Frenemy
Schawarma
Slumlord
Stiletto heel
Whoopee cushion
Audiobook? I thought those were invented in the late 70's or early 80's, LOL!
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