1990: Lithium-ion battery, McMansion
Other notable words: chyron, geek out, hoodie, malware, shout-out, tighty-whities
Coined in the 1980s and added to the dictionary in 1990, McMansion caught on in the late 1990s to describe the phenomenon of home-size growth to an average of more than 2,000 square feet in 1990. Large-scale manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries began in the early 1990s for phones, laptops and other devices.
1991: Chemo brain, SIM card
Other notable words: bestie, carjacking, crowd-surf, gift card, pescatarian, residential college
Research on chemo brain, or cognitive changes with chemotherapy, didn't appear until the 1990s. A German company made the first SIM cards, which stands for subscriber identity module, and sold the first batch in 1991.
1992: Buzzkill, pdf
1993: Booty call, fashionista
Other notable words: digital video disc, e-commerce, microdermabrasion, robocall, web page, universal resource locator
Attributed to an album released by Dazzey Duks in 1993, booty call first referenced an unflattering sexual relationship. Stephen Fried coined the word ‘fashionista’ in his 1993 book, "Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia."
1994: Botox, Universal Serial Bus
1995: Anglosphere, webcast
1996: Gastropub, smartphone
1997: Amber Alert, budtender
Other notable words: emoji, friend with benefits, judgy, m-commerce, smackdown, weblog
Named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old murdered in Texas in 1996, Amber Alerts are now distributed via most versions of electronic communication. First used in 1997, a budtender oversees the sale of legal cannabis.
1998: Arctic oscillation, webinar
Other notable words: cyberbullying, dark energy, DVR, open source, pikeminnow, social networking
Discussed in a 1998 paper by David W.J. Thompson and John M. Wallace, arctic oscillation dealt with wintertime high-pressure systems. Eric Korb registered the term webinar in 1998 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
1999: Blog, clickbait
Other notable words: carbon footprint, chillax, dashcam, metabolomics, snark, vape
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