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In honor of Dictionary Day, here are notable new words coined the year you were born

  • 1960: Eurodollar, new journalism

    Other notable words: brain drain, cruise control, dreadlock, junk food, theme park, wide receiver

    With its roots traced to an $800,000 transaction in 1957, when European banks began accepting deposits in U.S. dollars, "eurodollar" made its way to the dictionary in 1960. So did "new journalism," although the term wasn't officially credited until a 1972 article by Tom Wolfe in "New York Magazine."

  • 1961: Affirmative action, macro lens

    Other notable words: black ice, docudrama, photo-realism, soul music, theater of the absurd, travel trailer

    President John F. Kennedy was the first to use the term ‘affirmative action’ in an executive order in 1961. Credited for its invention by a West German in 1955, the macro lens lets photographers get up close and personal.

  • 1962: AK-47, carpool

    Other notable words: lavalier microphone, mixed-media, Oval Office, road rash, salsa, tight end

    Deemed the most successful assault rifle in human history, the AK-47 was designed in 1947 and accepted to the M-W dictionary in 1962. First used as a noun in 1942, "carpool" was accepted as a verb 20 years later as people increasingly partook in carpooling.

  • 1963: Space walk, ZIP-code

    Other notable words: bobblehead doll, checkbook journalism, electronic publishing, leaderboard, play-action pass, scam

    America's first space walk, a term first accepted this year, came in 1965. The U.S. Postal Service adopts a system of five-digit ZIP-codes this year to speed mail delivery.

  • 1964: Antiquark, garage sale

    Other notable words: barf bag, rat fink, snowmobiling, strike-slip, talking head, xanthan gum

    Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig put forth the idea of quarks and antiquarks this year, dealing with particle masses. Although they go by many names, garage sales became increasingly popular through this time, and well into the 1970s and beyond.

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  • 1965: Big-block, doo-wop

    Other notable words: Black Panther, credibility gap, flashcube, hippie, stagflation, wiggle worm

    Chevrolet rolled out its big-block Mark IV engine in 1965. Vocal-harmony rhythm and blues known as doo-wop went mainstream in the 1950s and 1960s, and was added to the dictionary in 1965.

  • 1966: Big hair, guerrilla theater

    Other notable words: bullet train, domino effect, foosball, ranch dressing, trail bike, vanity plate

    Actress Marjorie Lord's massive bouffant in a Bob Hope comedy in 1966 is considered quintessential big hair. The popularity of guerrilla theater, which sprang up in 1965, continued to grow in 1966 when the San Francisco Mime Troupe took it on a cross-country tour.

  • 1967: Cannabinoid, cryonic suspension

    Other notable words: dietary supplement, firmware, networking, omega-3, spaghetti western, word processing

    Research continued on cannabinoids this year, but controversy over legalizing its medical and recreational uses continues. Frozen in 1967, James Bedford was the first recipient of cryonic suspension.

  • 1968: Epstein-Barr virus, liquid crystal display

    Other notable words: blind carbon copy, correction fluid, green revolution, marginalize, peace symbol, sanitary landfill

    RCA announced the discovery of a liquid crystal display in a press conference in May of this year. Also, Epstein-Barr virus was found to be the major cause of infectious mononucleosis.

  • 1969: In vitro fertilization, Martin Luther King Day

    Other notable words: advocacy journalism, biofeedback, graphic equalizer, plate tectonics, sport-utility vehicle, windsurfing

    Robert Geoffrey Edwards and other researchers fertilized a human egg using in vitro fertilization in 1969. The King Memorial Center sponsored the first observance of Martin Luther King Day in January, recognizing the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

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