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Words Of Today That Didn’t Exist 40 Years Ago

It is kind of funny when you sit and think about it, just how do words come to be, and, more importantly, how do specific ones seem to weave themselves into our everyday life. 

Some words are so prevalent in our everyday vocabulary today, that never even existed years ago.  A few of those very words that only came to be in existence in the last forty or so odd years are listed below.

Photobomb

Having originated in 2008 and added to the Urban Dictionary, and then formally added to the Merriam Webster in 2017, this word is used for describing the very moment that a photo is being taken, and another individual inserts themselves, on purpose, into the photograph.  A photobomb is most often the result of a jest or a prank.

Troll

The word troll has actually been around for quite some time, but it wasn’t until 1992 that the word took on a whole new internet slang meaning.  In the online world, this word is used to refer to those individuals who purposefully make comments with the sole purpose of creating controversy or stirring up trouble.

Emoji

This is one word that has become such a part of our society, that one would be hard-pressed to find someone who has not heard of the term.  The word was originally created in the ’90s and is actually a Japanese term.  The “e” means picture, while the “moji” means either letter or character.

Foodie

Nowadays, one can not open a social media site without seeing this term at least once.  In fact, on Instagram alone, an estimated more than 140 million posts are boasting #Foodie.  The term, as it turns out, got its start in New York magazine back in 1980, and after gaining traction, it soon became a lexicon of our culture.