13 Common Words And Phrases From Today That No One Used 40 Years Ago

I love looking back at the English language and seeing how many new words and phrases we’ve been able to collectively bring into the common culture.

It’s just so fascinating to see how societycan evolve the way we speak over such a relatively short amount of time! For example, not many of us use phrases like “chrome plated” or “word from the bird” as much as folksdid back in the 1950s, but it’s fun tolook back on the era.

On the opposite side of the coin, we’ve recently added quite a few new words and phrases to our dictionaries and vocabularies that would havetotally confused someone just 40 years ago. Thanks to the boost intechnology and other pop culture trends from the past four decades, it feels like we add new jargon on a daily basis.

Take a look at some of the creative modern terms and sayings we’ve coined over the years.

Did we miss any new words or phrases that you use frequently?

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1. Eye Candy


Year of origin: 1978

After singer Helen Reddy released her 1977 hit song “Ear Candy,” the confectionary termcaught on with a 1978 review forThree’s Company in theOakland Tribune:“They call the new show ‘eye candy.’”

2. Infomercial


Year of origin: 1982

As one of the earliest producers of the late-night, program-length commercials,Paul Ruffino gave thequirky advertisements the portmanteau of “information” and “commercial” when they first began airing.

3. Baby Bump


Year of origin: 2002

Bonnie Fuller, the former editor-in-chief of US Weekly, is credited withcoining the term backwhile she zealously sought out photographic evidence of celebrities in the family way.

4. Bromance


Year of origin: 1990s

As the former editor-in-chief of the skateboard magazine Big Brother,Dave Carniewas the first person to notably use the term throughout the decade while discussing the close bond between skaters. He has since jokingly apologizedfor bringing the word into pop culture.

5. FAQ


Year of origin: 1982

The abbreviation for “frequently asked questions” is largely attributed to NASA employee Eugene Miya. Whileformatting a mailing list, she ranout of room for the full phrase.

6. Fashionista


Year of origin:1993

JournalistStephen Fried was the first to publish the term, doing so in his biography of tragic supermodel Gia Carangi.However, like Dave Carnie with “bromance,” Stephen has since apologized for coining the term, calling it a “crime against nomenclature.”

7. Bling


Year of origin: 1990s

One of the first appearances was when comedian Martin Lawrence poked fun at an old toothpaste commercial which used aringing sound and sparkling visual effect on the actors’ teeth, with Martin using the onomatopoeia“bling” to refer to shiny jewelry instead.

He spread the term further on his popular 1993 sitcomMartinwith theover-the-top character Jerome, played by Martin, using it to discuss his many diamond necklaces and rings on every finger.

8. Foodie


Year of origin: 1980

New York Magazine food criticGael Greene reportedlycoined the word in June 1980 while describing someone as a person who “slips into the small Art Deco dining room of Restaurant d’Olympe… to graze cheeks with her devotees, serious foodies.”

9. Photobomb


Year of origin: 2008

Obviously, people have been jumping into the frame of other folks’ photos for as long as cameras have been around, but the goof wasn’t given a name until the first recorded mention of it on Urban Dictionary in 2008.

10. Man Cave


Year of origin: 1992

The Toronto Starwas the first publication to use the term, in March 1992, a month before the bookMen Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray was released and mentioned males’ need to “retreat” when dealing with stress.

11. Dramedy


Year of origin: 1978

The combination of “comedy” and “drama” was first seen printed in aTV Guidedescription of the Richard Dreyfuss filmThe Big Fix, but didn’t really catch on until about a decade later when a string of TV series likeHooperman andHill Street Blues began blurring the line between the genres.

12. Upcycle


Year of origin: 1994

This was coined byThornton Kay in an article for Salvo, stating that recycling wasn’t enough and that “what we need is upcycling, where old products are given more value, not less.”

13. Google


Year of origin: 2002

Though the site was founded in 1996, it wasn’t until later that using the name as a verb, meaning to search for information, became popular. It was first recorded in a 2002episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It became an official word in 2006.

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