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Words That Were Born With You

The list below contains words and phrases that (according to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth edition) were first written in English sometime during the year of your birth.

  1. Write out the name of the collegiate dictionary you used for this assignment.  Include its publisher and publication date.

  1. Pick a noun from the list. Write it here. _________________________

Read your dictionary's definition, then use the word/phrase in a complete, correctly written sentence.

 

  1. Pick a verb from the list. Write it here. _________________________

Read your dictionary's definition, then use the word/phrase in a complete, correctly written sentence.

 

  1. Pick an adjective from the list. Write it here. _________________________

Read your dictionary's definition, then use the word/phrase in a complete, correctly written sentence.

 


Words/Phrases that entered the English language in 1983
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition

break dancing

CD–ROM

chill out

comparable worth

date rape

designer drug

dorky

dweeb

enokidake

ghetto blaster

greenmail

Hawaii-Aleutian time

hip–hop

laari

mentor

nuclear winter

poison pill

politically correct

postfeminist

PPO

RU 486

rust belt

Samoa time

sleazebag

stressed–out

superstring

sysop

T4 cell

upload

Western blot

yup

yuppie

If you want the list for a different year, enter it in the date search box of the advanced search section of Merriam-Webster Collegiate online.


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