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Words And Phrases That Didn't Exist Before 1980

Published on 3/7/2017
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Words And Phrases That Didn't Exist Before 1980

by Sandy Blomstrom

I just came across an article titled “40 words that didn’t exist 40 years ago”.

I won’t bore you by listing all 40 of the words and phrases but you might be surprised to know that the ones I mention below did not exist before 1980.

Voicemail  (1980) we all know what this one means.  Very few people today actually own an answering machine.

Foodie (1980) someone knowledgeable about the vast offerings from the food industry.  It evolved from the word “Gourmet” which does imply a little more class.

Infomercial  (1981) TV spokespeople selling (rather loudly and insistently) new inventions.

Wannabee (1981) someone who wants to be different than they are.

Microbrewery  (1982)– small scale breweries offering a wide variety of new brews and challenging the corporate giants.

Terducken (1982) the eighties were called the "excess years" which explains why a turkey stuffed with a duck and chicken was invented.

Shopaolic (1983) big malls and easy credit brought about a frenzy of shopping.

FAQ  (1987) Corporate America pretending to provide customer service

Road Rage (1988) the uncontrolled anger brought about while travelling in heavy traffic.

Hoodie (1990) simply a hooded sweatshirt.

ShoutOut (1990) publicly acknowledging appreciation or respect

Millennial (1991) did mean children coming of age in 2000 but now it means anyone under the age of 30 or so.

Man Cave (1992) we had to find some use for all that extra space in the huge homes being built.

Game-Change (1993) “corporate speak” for the next new idea.

Bling (1999) lots of eye catching glitter.

Selfie (2002) not exactly a self-portrait but you get the idea.

Unfriend (2003) used to be called a “falling out” or "parting of the ways" before Social Media.

It is so interesting that the words we take so for granted and that are so ingrained in our speech nowadays, weren’t around a few decades ago. 

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