Words Coined in 1967

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH

Several weeks ago, I posted a current political parody of a Simon and Garfunkel song [https://academeblog.org/2017/08/27/if-simon-and-garfunkel-were-troubadours-of-the-age-of-trump/].

Quite coincidentally, I came across this list of words coined fifty years ago, in 1967. (The Merriam-Webster website has a feature that allows you to get a list of the neologisms from any given year.) Like people, some words have very long lives while others have very truncated existences.

If you’re not sure what a particular word means—and I have no recollection whatsoever of a few of them—Merriam-Webster has helpfully linked each word to its definition.

aerobics

agroecology

air ball

andropause

anti-marijuana

anti-pot

antisocial personality disorder

assertiveness training

audiocassette

automatic teller machine

b-ball

Beebbias-belted tire

bikie

biotech

blue flu

boardsailing

B-school

Canaan dog

cannabinoid

cannellini bean

cephalexin

Chicana

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

chump change

circular file

cluster bomb

codec

command sergeant major

conceptual art

crackback

credentialism

cutoff man

DBCP

dextromethorphan

dietary supplement

dirtbag

dirty laundry

disintermediation

doobiedorkdownhiller

echocardiogram

ego trip

eisweinel cheapo

encounter group

endonucleolytic

estrogen replacement therapy

fanny pack

fantasyland

fast-pitch

fast-track

fido

firmware

first world

flokati rug

floor-through

flower child

flower people

flower power

franchisor

frostnip

fry-up

gap junction

gastric bypass

gazar

geminal

gofer

G-protein

green paper

group home

hand-holding

haplotype

hip pointer

hissy fit

honeybell

house dust mite

humongous

ibuprofen

idiotype

informatics

interrobang

Inupiat

jihadist

jukeki

Korat

Krugerrand

labelmate

land yacht

likuta

locked-in

love-in

low-tech

lunar module

maxi

max out

megacity

melanize

merc

microquake

midi

mid-rise midsize

minicomputer

minipark

MIRV

monohull

muffuletta

mycoplasma-like organism

networking

no-fault

nonoxynol-9

nurse practitioner

ocicat

omega-3

on-target

original equipment manufacturer

overstored

panda car

paramedic

Peter Principle

platemaker

postcode

preregistration

primary care

proabortion

proteoglycan

psychedelia

radioallergosorbent

recreational drug

resid

ringgit

rip off

RV

samizdat

scag

self-professed

self-similarity

sene

seniti

shabu-shabu

she-crab

shiatsu

Shoah

shoulder belt

sickie

side-scan sonar

skag

slimmer

slimnastics

slo-pitch

slow-pitch

slow-wave sleep

soft rock

sound-and-light show

spaghetti western

speed freak

SQUID

staff sergeant major

STP

stun gun

subemployed

subemployment

sudser

supergraphics

supermodel

tachyon

tae kwon do

technetronic

technostructure

teenybop

tender offer

THC

thebe

trackball

tree ear

trijetturfski

unflashy

user fee

verapamil

vibe

videoconferencing

videoland

voc-ed

wacked-out

water pill

wet bar

whacked-out

word processing

yada yada

Yanomami

Zzaire

zester

zonked-out

 

 

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