When it comes to new words, the 2000s seem to have been a decade of simply mixing and matching (“bromance” and “crowdfunding” come to mind). Seen from another perspective, totally unexpected usages, such as “unfriend” and “flash mob”, show a creative streak of taking what’s there to make something new. English speakers are adding 1,000 words a year to the language, according to The Guardian, which should provide plenty of fodder for future retrospectives of terms used in past decades. Enjoy reading this list, the last in our series of words from bygone eras.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary timelines (oed.com), including citations