Special Report

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

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25. Brexit
> Monthly google searches 1.0 million
> Introduced: December 2016

Oxford dictionary definition: The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Origin: 2012: blend of British (or Britain) and exit, probably on the pattern of Grexit (coined earlier in the same year).

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24. SMS
> Monthly google searches 1.1 million
> Introduced: December 2009

Oxford dictionary definition: Short Message (or Messaging) Service, a system that enables mobile phone users to send and receive text messages.

As noun: A text message that is sent or received using SMS.

As verb: Send someone a text message using SMS.

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23. cosplay
> Monthly google searches 1.1 million
> Introduced: December 2008

Oxford dictionary definition: The practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.

As verb: Engage in cosplay.

Origin: 1990s: blend of costume and play after Japanese kosupure, ultimately from English costume play.

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22. CD
> Monthly google searches 1.1 million
> Introduced: March 2012

Oxford dictionary definitions:

A compact disc.

Civil defence

Corps diplomatique (diplomatic corps)

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21. Astro
> Monthly google searches 1.2 million
> Introduced: March 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: Relating to the stars or celestial objects.

Origin: From Greek astron ‘star’.

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