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in: Bash; Bash > 2017-10-11

Oct 12, 2017 10:27 AM # 
Picked my birth year (1979) and was shocked by how many words there were! (And how many are really phrases.)

Some seemed like they shouldn't have been around so long ago, like "first world problem". Others I'm surprised didn't appear earlier, such as "food court".

Some just seem silly, like "non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" which just seems like a really wordy way to say "type 2".

And then there are the depressing ones, "Lyme disease", "female genital mutilation", and "adjustable-rate mortgage". Also, "creation science". Horrifying!
Oct 12, 2017 12:15 PM # 
OK, I'm slightly older than you are so I can understand "fast-food" - but "coffee break" and "meat and potatoes"??
Oct 12, 2017 12:29 PM # 
For my birth year (1959), I got "hard rock", "unsexy", "sock puppet", and "zonked". I can't help but feel that it's like astrology; you can read in to it what you will...
Oct 12, 2017 3:24 PM # 
Ha, ha, ha ...1948 gave me "orienteering".
Oct 12, 2017 5:37 PM # 
I think you win, Gail! :)
Oct 12, 2017 5:39 PM # 
Like Cristina, it seems to me that every year includes some words that seem surprisingly new or old for that year. But it's Merriam Webster, which isn't known for Fake News.
Oct 12, 2017 9:19 PM # 
Do you think "fake news" will make the list for 2017?
Oct 12, 2017 10:40 PM # 
Maybe 2016 - although it appeared in Russian much sooner.
Oct 13, 2017 9:38 PM # 
1967 (my birth year) includes:

dirt bag, el cheapo, dork, ego trip, flower child, anti-social personality disorder, hissy fit, THC, speed freak, whacked-out, yada yada, psychedelia, ibuprofen, and Peter Principle

Oct 13, 2017 11:00 PM # 
Similar vintage. The bit where his butchered friends return as a table and chairs is pretty whacked-out.

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