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OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?

Do you know which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use our OED birthday word generator to find out! We’ve scoured the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find words with a first known usage for each year from 1900 to 2004. Simply select the relevant decade and click on your birth year to discover a word which entered the English language that year.

Please note that the dates given for these words refer to the current first known usage of the word. The OED team is continuously researching the histories of words (something you may be able to help with), and it’s therefore possible that we will find an earlier sense of the words during our research.

If you are a subscriber or have access to the OED, visit our guide to learn how to find your own personal OED birthday word.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1900s include:

barfly, n. do-gooder, n. dramedy, n. ailurophobe, n. car boot, n. wassup, int. radio, n. wiretap, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1910s include:

pastiche, v. headstand, n. rubber-stamping, adj. environmentalism, n. ad-lib, v. record player, n. roomie, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1920s include:

facelift, n. spacecraft, n. perm, n.1 freebie, n. mastermind, v. abseil, n. blokeish, adj.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1930s include:

caffeinated, adj. BBQ, n. freeloader, n. celebutante, n. babysitter, n. globalize, v. MC-ing, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1940s include:

skinny-dip, n. arty-farty, adj. foo fighter, n. binge drinker, n. bake-off, n. technophobe, n. acronym, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1950s include:

digital television, n. Eurovision, n. droid, n. hands-free, adj. decaf, n. keepy-up, n. trainspotting, n. brainwash, v.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1960s include:

bog-standard, adj. in-joke, n. people-watch, v. rockumentary, n. foodaholic, n. Beatlesque, adj. expat, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1970s include:

Bollywood, n. Monty Pythonesque, adj. pootle, v. clapometer, n. jobsworth, n. Warholian, adj. number-crunch, v. outie, n. red card, n. metaphoricity, n. reboot, v.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1980s include:

smartphone, n. text messaging, n. spell-check, n. mono-brow, n. BOGOF, n. app, n. road rage, n. turducken, n. ecotourism, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 1990s include:

auto-complete, v. blog, v. cybercafe, n. Bridezilla, n. dotcom, n. fashionista, n. hot desk, n. wiki, n.

Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word.

Words originating in the 2000s include:

paywall, n. crowdsourcing, n. traceur, n. goldendoodle, n. Sudoku, n. chip and PIN, n. defriend, v. geocaching, n.

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