What will our new words be?

Nerd alert: one of my most prized possessions is a 6-inch-thick dictionary. The editors compiled the bulk of it in 1934. And then, when the next edition that I own was printed in 1945, they added new words.

I’ve had this dictionary for several years, but I looked in the “new words” section for the first time last week.

1945. So many new words were related to war: bombardier, electron bomb, fascism, foxhole. And right alongside them, other fabulous words, full of life: bingo, hydroponics, heebie jeebies, jitterbug, the real McCoy.

People made new bombs and new dances and we needed new words to name them. What will we make that’s worth a new word today?

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