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Friday, October 22, 2004

101 years in 101 words

Compact history! From the BBC

Punk, Big Apple and dunk (1974, 1928 and 1937 respectively)
A study of when new words became common during the past century has had some surprising findings, such as the word "celebs" being used in 1913, the word "sex" meaning sexual intercourse being first used in 1929, and "mobile phone" dating from 1945.

Egghead (1907), wizard (1922), punk (1974), beatnik (1958), hot-desking (1991), and dumb down (1933) might also strike you as being whizzo (1905).


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