This week I was wondering about when the word “teenager” first came into use. I was rather surprised to discover that as early as 1944, a magazine, Seventeen, was started in the US, with teenage girls as the target readers-
Anyway, while doing so, I stumbled across the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s Time Traveller feature. Just enter a year and you can see which new words entered the printed language in the USA that year
A magnificently entertaining and educational time-waster if you are interested in words.
1949, for example, saw the arrival of LP, Modern Hebrew, overnighter, B movie, vampy, hologram, jet-set, drive-through, clock radio, writer’s block, sixpack and Tex Mex.
If you have a dabble, do share your discoveries with us.
I am sure that other on-line dictionaries have similar features. Anyone got any favourites?