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Words That Turn Twenty in April, 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 April, 1996:

n. Computer technology that uses biometric sensors to detect physical characteristics that relate to moods and emotions; the computer simulation of moods and emotions.
Earliest citation date: April 27, 1996
n. A car dashboard used as a drum.
Earliest citation date: April 24, 1982
pp. Marking up a public sign to correct or point out a grammatical error or typo.
Earliest citation date: April 20, 1996
n. An activist who supports or lobbies for laws that ban infant circumcisions.
Earliest citation date: April 30, 1996
adj. Having a one-word name.
Earliest citation date: April 12, 1996
n. A form of entertainment in which a person acts out scenes from a movie while a silent version of the movie plays in the background.
Earliest citation date: April 22, 1996
n. Movies that are not very exciting or interesting, but that one feels one must see because they are educational or otherwise uplifting.
Earliest citation date: April 17, 1996
n. A sport in which a person is strapped inside a large sphere which is itself held inside a larger sphere by a cushion of air, and then rolled down a hill or along the ground.
Earliest citation date: April 21, 1996