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

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5. broadband
> Monthly google searches 4.8 million
> Introduced: September 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: A high-capacity transmission technique using a wide range of frequencies, which enables a large number of messages to be communicated simultaneously.

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4. audible
> Monthly google searches 5.6 million
> Introduced: June 2011

Oxford dictionary definition: Able to be heard.

In American Football: A change of playing tactics called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

Origin: Late 15th century: from late Latin audibilis, from audire ‘hear’.

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3. oppo
> Monthly google searches 5.9 million
> Introduced: June 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: A colleague or friend.

As a noun in the U.S.: short for opposition research

Origin: 1930s: abbreviation of opposite number.

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2. Facebook
> Monthly google searches 7.0 million
> Introduced: June 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: Spend time using the social networking website Facebook.

Origin: Early 21st century: from Facebook, the proprietary name of the social networking website.

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1. uber
> Monthly google searches 14.7 million
> Introduced: June 2015

Oxford dictionary definition: As a combining form – Denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing.

Origin: German über ‘over’, after Übermensch.

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