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

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20. stan
> Monthly google searches 1.2 million
> Introduced: June 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.

As verb: Be an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.

Origin: Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.

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19. ISA
> Monthly google searches 1.2 million
> Introduced: September 2015

Oxford dictionary definition: (in the UK) an individual savings account, a scheme allowing individuals to hold cash, shares, and unit trusts free of tax on dividends, interest, and capital gains. In 1999 it replaced both personal equity plans (PEPs) and tax-exempt special savings accounts (TESSAs).

In computing: Industry standard architecture, a standard for connecting computers and their peripherals.

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18. Ba
> Monthly google searches 1.4 million
> Introduced: December 2013

Oxford dictionary definition: In ancient Egypt, the supposed soul of a person or god, which survived after death but had to be sustained with offerings of food. It was typically represented as a human-headed bird.

Or: The chemical element barium.

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17. Ge
> Monthly google searches 1.5 million
> Introduced: March 2012

Oxford dictionary definition: The chemical element germanium.

In Greek Mythology: another name for Gaia

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16. ringtone
> Monthly google searches 1.5 million
> Introduced: January 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: A sound made by a mobile phone when an incoming call is received.

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