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50 Most Popular Words That Entered the Dictionary in the Last Decade

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10. Disney
> Monthly google searches 2.4 million
> Introduced: January 2018

Reminiscent of a film or theme park created by the Walt Disney Company, especially in being simplified, sanitized, or romanticized.

In North American Denoting: A non-custodial parent who, when spending time with their child or children, indulges them with gifts, special outings, and other treats, leaving disciplinary responsibilities to the custodial parent.

Origin: 1930s: from the name of Walter Elias Disney (see Disney, Walt).

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9. hoverboard
> Monthly google searches 3.0 million
> Introduced: September 2015

Oxford dictionary definition: (Chiefly in science fiction) a means of transport resembling a skateboard that travels above the surface of the ground, ridden in a standing position.

As trademark: A motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted on two wheels and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.

As a motorized personal vehicle consisting of a single central wheel with platforms for the feet on either side and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.

Origin: 1980s: from hover + -board (as in skateboard), popularized by the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.

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8. ai
> Monthly google searches 3.1 million
> Introduced: September 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: The three-toed sloth.

Origin: Early 17th century: from Tupi, imitative of its cry.

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7. ee
> Monthly google searches 3.3 million
> Introduced: June 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: Used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to a remark’

Origin: Northern English form of oh.

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6. XXX
> Monthly google searches 4.2 million
> Introduced: September 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: The number equivalent to the product of three and ten; ten less than forty; 30.

Origin: Old English thrītig (see three, -ty). The spelling with initial thi- is recorded in literature in the 15th century, and has been the prevalent form since the 16th century.

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