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

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40. ripple
> Monthly google searches 631,000
> Introduced: June 2010

Oxford dictionary definition 1: A small wave or series of waves on the surface of water, especially as caused by a slight breeze or an object dropping into it.

Oxford dictionary definition 2: A type of ice cream with wavy lines of coloured flavoured syrup running through it.

As verb: (of water) form or flow with a series of small waves on the surface.

Origin: Late 17th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

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39. au pair
> Monthly google searches 631,000
> Introduced: September 2013

Oxford dictionary definition: A young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money.

Origin: Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘on equal terms’. The phrase was originally adjectival, describing an arrangement between two parties paid for by the exchange of mutual services; the noun usage dates from the 1960s.

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38. Skype
> Monthly google searches 637,000
> Introduced: June 2014

Oxford dictionary definition: Have a spoken conversation with (someone) over the Internet using the software application Skype, typically also viewing by webcam.

Origin: Early 21st century: from Skype, the proprietary name of a software application and VoIP service.

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37. CrossFit
> Monthly google searches 670,000
> Introduced: September 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: A high-intensity fitness programme incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise.

Origin: Early 21st century: blend of cross training and fit.

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36. smeg
> Monthly google searches 702,000
> Introduced: June 2013

Oxford dictionary definition: Used as a mild expletive.

Origin: 1980s: origin uncertain, but often interpreted as a shortening of smegma; first used on the British television series Red Dwarf.