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40 Words That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

Best Life Logo By Best Life Editors of Best Life | Slide 1 of 41: It's weird to think about, but behind every word, there's a person who decided that a specific string of letters was going to refer to a certain action or thing. And while the English language already has more than 171,000 (!) words in it, folks still conjure up new phrases every day to refer to specific scenarios and objects that didn't previously exist. How were lexicographers in the 19th century supposed to know that we'd eventually need words like blog, voicemail, and WiFi, after all? Herein, we've rounded up some common words that have only existed for 40 years or fewer. And for a further-back look at language, check out these 100 Slang Terms From the 20th Century No One Uses Anymore.

It's weird to think about, but behind every word, there's a person who decided that a specific string of letters was going to refer to a certain action or thing. And while the English language already has more than 171,000 (!) words in it, folks still conjure up new phrases every day to refer to specific scenarios and objects that didn't previously exist. How were lexicographers in the 19th century supposed to know that we'd eventually need words like blogvoicemail, and WiFi, after all? Herein, we've rounded up some common words that have only existed for 40 years or fewer. And for a further-back look at language, check out these 100 Slang Terms From the 20th Century No One Uses Anymore.

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