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Words That Turn Twenty in November, 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 November, 1996:

application service provider
n. A company that hosts or rents software and delivers the programs via the Internet.
Earliest citation date: November 11, 1996

cloud computing
n. Data storage, applications, processing, and other computing services delivered remotely via the Internet or similar network.
Earliest citation date: November 14, 1996

glazing
pp. Sleeping with your eyes open.
Earliest citation date: November 12, 1996

house money effect
n. The premise that people are more willing to take risks with money they obtained easily or unexpectedly.
Earliest citation date: November 21, 1996

notebook dump
n. An article or book that is dense with facts but light on story, as though the writer simply copied everything that was in their notebook.
Earliest citation date: November 3, 1996

obesogenic
adj. Of or relating to a factor that causes or tends to cause obesity.
Earliest citation date: November 17, 1996

posterize
v. To embarrass an opponent or rival.
Earliest citation date: November 22, 1996

Renton
n. A very short haircut.
Earliest citation date: November 4, 1996

retail anthropology
n. The principles and practices of anthropology applied to retail spaces and operations.
Earliest citation date: November 4, 1996

skinny street
n. A street built narrower than usual to enhance traffic safety and encourage pedestrianism.
Earliest citation date: November 1, 1996

squirt the bird
v. To send a signal to a satellite.
Earliest citation date: November 14, 1996

tribal marketing
n. A marketing strategy that attempts to create social groups or communities that are centered around a product or service.
Earliest citation date: November 21, 1996

unconcession
n. A statement that retracts a concession.
Earliest citation date: November 6, 1996