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October 21, 2004

101 Years in 101 Words

The BBC web site is holding an interesting writing competition. Stories of up to 150 words are invited, the only condition being that they use as many words from a list of 101 words that came into being in each of the last 101 years. For example, the word "egghead" was coined in 1907 and the "blues" were born in 1912. Some entries in the list date back further than you might expect, such as "mobile phone" first appearing in 1947, and "celeb" dating from 1913. Many of the words define a particular period in time, like "Blitzkrieg" in 1939, the first year of WWII, 1967's "love-in" or 1997's "dot-commer." And the latest word from 2004? chav, noun (BrE, slang) "a young person, often without a high level of education, who follows a particular fashion."
101 years in 101 words

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