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Find the words that are the same age as you
Thanks to Oxford Dictionaries' cool new tool
 
To you and your word.
To you and your word. (Thinkstock)

Language is always changing and new words are always being formed. That means there are a bunch of words that were born the same year you were. Oxford Dictionaries has created the OED birthday word generator, where you can find a word that began around the same time you did.

Click on your birth year to see a word that was first documented that year, and then click through to see what that first citation was. Then explore a little and be surprised by words that are older than you expect ("frenemy," 1953), and watch cultural changes emerge as words are born ("radio star," 1924; "megastar," 1969; "air guitar," 1983).

Does your birthday word capture your era? Does it fit your personality? Perhaps birthday words could become the basis for a new kind of horoscope.

 
Arika Okrent is editor-at-large at TheWeek.com and a frequent contributor to Mental Floss. She is the author of In the Land of Invented Languages, a history of the attempt to build a better language. She holds a doctorate in linguistics and a first-level certification in Klingon.

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