As many will tell you, I am a trivia nerd. I also love to point out that “ain’t” IS a word. Since it’s first document use in 1607 teachers have hate it. Parents hate it and it used to be considered an ignorant Southern word…until it was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 1993. So, if you were born in 1993, you have the dubious honor of claiming this word on your birth year.
This leads us to the discussion, when did the words or phrases we use become official? To the rescue is the Merriam-Webster Time Traveler. This cool website will help you see when your favorite word got the nod to be included. You will also find out what words and phrases became legit in your birth year.
Words like “BCC” found it was a real word in 1989. “Kwanza”got the nod in 1970. “Gastric Bypass” got legitimacy in 1967.
You get the point.
Every year, there is a laundry list of words that have been used in the English language which are recognized by Merriam-Webster as official words. The process for this to happen includes, how long is has been used in the English language, how it has been used, if it has been cited in written words…and my favorite, how big the dictionary gets. (which means they dump words, as well.)
Click here if you want to have some fun seeing what words came to be on your birth year, or even throughout history.