An OED service

From several sources, pointers to a service from the OED: the birthday word generator, which proposes to answer the question: which words originated in your birth year?.

Actually, it recognizes the fuzziness of word origination by giving you a list of words that seem to have originated in the decade of your birth, while highlighting one. My decade is the 1940s, which nets:

skinny-dip, n. arty-farty, adj. foo fighter, n. binge drinker, n. bake-off, n. technophobe, n. acronym, n.

while highlighting acronym.

As usual, some of these seem surprisingly old (foo-fighter) and some surprisingly recent (acronym).

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