Words coined in the last 100 years
"Role Model" (1955-60)
Shockingly, the word "verbicide" was not coined in the last hundred years, but rather in 1855-60. It means (Noun):
1. the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.
2.a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word.
(I was also wrong about Feminism! (1840-45)
What other words were coined in the last 100 years?
Dates provided by a few different places, but mainly Dictionary.com
autism, n. This noun, and the adjective autistic, were both coined in 1912, when psychiatrists first defined the disorder.
blues, n. 1912 saw the appearance of two marquee music terms. The name for the musical style is first cited in the OED from this year, although it was likely used by musicians prior to this year. The use of blues to denote depression and low spirits dates to the eighteenth century.
- cliff-hanger, n. This word for the suspenseful ending of an episode of a serial first graced the pages of Variety in 1937.
I hope I have helped : )
Woot (ex): (Especially in electronic communication) Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph.
You just got unfriended. :P
Unfriend (v): Remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site.
Oh my god, is my boyfriend really wearing a mankini right now...
Mankini (n): A brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back.
You may question the validity of that statement, but there seems to be some truthiness to it.
Truthiness (n): the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.
That girl in the tiger print dress with the high heels and painted toenails is so droolworthy, I almost dropped my coffee when I saw her.
Droolworthy (adj): Extremely attractive or desirable.
D'oh (ex): Exclamation used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one’s own.
We can thank Homer Simpson for that last one.
cheesesteak, n. This delicacy is strongly associated with Philadelphia, but the earliest citation in the OED is from an advertisement for Bill’s Meat Market in Chicago.
FYI, phr. No, this one did not get its start in text messages. The initialism is found as early as 1941 in a Washington Post article.
radar, n. Chances are if you are looking for an example of an acronym, radar (along with scuba) will be the one that is given. The U. S. Navy settled on the phrase radio detection and ranging for the technology in 1940, and within a year it had been shortened to radar. The American name is the one that caught on, even though it was the British RDF system, an initialism for radio direction-finding that dates to 1938, that was the first practical use of the technology.
By the way, I love the word "fashionista." It so perfectly fits some people I know. In fact, I have a niece who proudly calls herself a "fashionista" and I think it is an apt description. Seeing the word made me want to add "man purse," but I don't see that officially added anywhere, so I held back.
Surely these were coined in the last 100 years:
*If it weren't for Twitter, we would have no need for a word like "retweet," and the word "tweet" would still only be something a bird does. In fact, I am certain that the word "hashtag" became much more popular after Twitter launched on March 21, 2006.
Though you can clearly see in the image below the retweet button in the world's first tweet (I put a square around it in case you haven't dipped your toes into the Twitter universe yet), I don't actually see the word "retweet" being used until 2007 and not making it into other areas of communication until 2009.
Attempts to search for RT or R/T were stymied by the fact that my search seemed to ignore the slash and other things (such as route) can be abbreviated with those two letters. Either way, I see no evidence of "RT," "R/T" or "retweet" prior to 2007.
By the way, I, too, used Dictionary.com and my links will take you to definitions on that site, but both have also been added to the Oxford English Dictionary ... in the last 100 years.