Special Report

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

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30. sexting
> Monthly google searches 845,000
> Introduced: June 2015

Oxford definition dictionary: A service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the sixth hour of the day (i.e. noon).

Origin: Late Middle English: from Latin sexta (hora) ‘sixth (hour)’, from sextus ‘sixth’.

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29. crowdfunding
> Monthly google searches 849,000
> Introduced: June 2015

Oxford definition dictionary: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet.

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28. firewall
> Monthly google searches 849,000
> Introduced: December 2015

Oxford definition dictionary: A wall or partition designed to inhibit or prevent the spread of fire.

In computing: A part of a computer system or network which is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication.

Another term for Chinese wall.

As verb: Protect (a network or system) from unauthorized access with a firewall.

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27. cyber-
> Monthly google searches 861,000
> Introduced: December 2010

Oxford dictionary definition: Relating to or characteristic of the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality.

Origin: 1980s: abbreviation of cybernetics.

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26. firebase
> Monthly google searches 1.0 million
> Introduced: December 2015

Oxford dictionary definition: An area in a war zone in which artillery can be massed to provide heavy firepower to support other military units.

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