anguage 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.
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