Special Report

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

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45. shapewear
> Google impressions: 570,000
> Introduced: December 2008

Oxford dictionary definition: Women’s tight-fitting underwear intended to control and shape the figure.

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44. YouTuber
> Monthly google searches 575,000
> Introduced: December 2016

Oxford dictionary definition: A person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos on the video-sharing website YouTube.

Origin: Early 21st century: from YouTube, the proprietary name of the video-sharing website.

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43. intel
> Monthly google searches 576,000
> Introduced: December 2010

Oxford dictionary definition: Information of military or political value.

Origin: 1960s: abbreviation of intelligence.

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42. LOL
> Monthly google searches 594,000
> Introduced: March 2011

Oxford dictionary definition: Used to draw attention to a joke or amusing statement, or to express amusement.

Origin: 1980s: abbreviation of laughing out loud or laugh out loud.

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41. ransomware
> Monthly google searches 599,000
> Introduced: January 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

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