Special Report

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

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35. Webinar
> Monthly google searches 721,000
> Introduced: December 2008

Oxford dictionary definition: A seminar conducted over the Internet.

Origin: 1990s: blend of web and seminar.

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34. podcast
> Monthly google searches 763,000
> Introduced: December 2008

Oxford dictionary origin: A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

As verb: Make (a digital audio file) available as a podcast.

Origin: Early 21st century: from iPod + broadcast.

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33. spirulina
> Monthly google searches 770,000
> Introduced: June 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: Filamentous cyanobacteria which form tangled masses in warm alkaline lakes in Africa and Central and South America.

Origin: Modern Latin, from spirula ‘small spiral (shell)’.

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32. totes
> Monthly google searches 784,000
> Introduced: June 2015

Oxford dictionary definition: Totally.

Origin: Early 21st century: alteration of totally.

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31. bumble
> Monthly google searches 827,000
> Introduced: September 2018

Oxford definition dictionary: Move or act in an awkward or confused manner.

Or to speak in a confused or indistinct way.

Or with adverbial (of an insect): buzz or hum.

Origin: Late Middle English (in the sense ‘hum, drone’): from boom + -le.

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