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20 Excellent Words Coined in the Last 20 Years

20 Excellent Words Coined in the Last 20 Years

We here at Mental Floss have loved words and word origins since we were founded in 2001. As part of our ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, check out a few excellent words coined in the last 20 years. Bromance (2001)This portmanteau of bro and romance can be traced back to the April 2001 issue of Transworld Surf magazine. We invented what we called ‘broisms’ like Bromance, which is now very common in pop culture. It wouldn’t be used again until 2003, after a member of a Usenet group used it to mean “To remove (a person) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website,” according to the OED.

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