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13 words that no one uses anymore

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The language we used in the 1990s is very different animal from the words we regularly use today. 

Researchers from Lancaster University and Cambridge University collected and compared data from the 1990s with data of five million words used between 2012 and 2015 (which must have been a mouthful).

Language expert Robbie Love, from Lancaster University, compiled the most popular words from the 1990s which have since declined the most drastically and the top words — not around in the in the 1990s — which are hugely popular today.

The words we used in the 1990s that are now dying out include:

  • Cassettes
  • Permed
  • Cobbler
  • Playschool
  • Comb
  • Tar rah
  • Croquet
  • Crossword
  • Golly
  • Boxer
  • Draught
  • Mucking
  • Whatsername

The words that dominate our conversation now include:

  • Email
  • Internet 
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Website
  • Twitter
  • Texted
  • ipad
  • Massively
  • Awesome
  • Yoga
  • Twenty-four

 

Love said the words we use reflect what's important to us: 

These findings suggest the things that are most important to British society are indeed reflected in the amount we talk about them.

New technologies like Facebook have really captured our attention, to the extent that, if we're not using it, we're probably talking about it.

The study provides a sense of the way society has expanded since the early 1990s and the end of the offline era. Our priorities are moving away from what's happening on our doorsteps. We are not talking about these things as much so the older words have 'faded' out of every day conversation.

 


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