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Words That Turn Twenty in July, 2016

In honour of Word Spy’s 20th birthday earlier this year, throughout 2016 I’m highlighting words that are celebrating their own 20th birthdays.

Here’s a list of words that were coined (or have an earliest citation) in July, 1996:

black-hole
v. To cause to disappear; to prevent someone or something from communicating or being communicated.
Earliest citation date: July 29, 1996

geotagging
pp. Embedding the current geographical location within digital media, particularly photos and videos.
Earliest citation date: July 29, 1996

glop art
n. An underground art movement that involves sticking chewing gum strategically on poster faces.
Earliest citation date: July 3, 1996

link rot
n. The gradual obsolescence of the links on a web page as the sites they point to become unavailable.
Earliest citation date: July 1, 1996

oppo guy
n. A political operative who specializes in digging up dirt on opponents.
Earliest citation date: July 15, 1996

re-anchor
v. To add or replace a major retailer, particlarly an anchor store, in a shopping mall or neighborhood.
Earliest citation date: July 10, 1996

sticky
adj. Having content or features that encourage online visitors to linger at a website.
Earliest citation date: July 27, 1996

swiped out
adj. Relating to a credit card or bank card with a magnetic strip that no longer works.
Earliest citation date: July 1, 1996

walking school bus
n. A group of children who walk to school together under the supervision of one or more adults.
Earliest citation date: July 1, 1996

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