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

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15. kombucha
> Monthly google searches 1.6 million
> Introduced: June 2013

Oxford dictionary definition: A beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria.

Origin: Japanese konbucha, literally ‘kelp tea’; the origin of the English meaning, which is not found in Japanese, is unclear and may reflect a development in another language.

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14. Eurostar
> Monthly google searches 1.6 million
> Introduced: March 2008

Oxford dictionary definition: The high-speed passenger rail service that links London with various European cities via the Channel Tunnel.

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13. SSD
> Monthly google searches 1.6 million
> Introduced: March 2013

Oxford dictionary definition: A storage device containing non-volatile flash memory, used in place of a hard disk because of its much greater speed.

Origin: 1980s: abbreviation of solid state drive or solid state disk.

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12. asana
> Monthly google searches 1.8 million
> Introduced: September 2018

Oxford dictionary definition: A posture adopted in performing hatha yoga.

Origin: From Sanskrit āsana ‘seat, manner of sitting’.

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11. router
> Monthly google searches 1.8 million
> Introduced: March 2011

Oxford dictionary definition: A power tool with a shaped cutter, used in carpentry for making grooves for joints, decorative mouldings, etc.

Or: A device which forwards data packets to the appropriate parts of a computer network.

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