Before 1912, anyone who heard the word ambivalence would have raised an eyebrow, or shrugged, uncertain about what it could mean.
That's because "ambivalence," as a word, didn't exist until 101 years ago, according to Oxford Dictionaries, and neither did "jazz," nor "vitamin." Language has always evolved, along with sentiments about kids these days and their crazy slang, no doubt, but the advent of the Internet and a few crazy dance moves has introduced a number of new words that would have baffled us a decade or two ago. (If they don't continue to baffle us.)
i09 compiled 14 examples of new and wondrous words, including "blog," which is ubiquitous in everyday speech, though the shortened word for "weblog" has only existed for about 15 years. "Paywall," an online system for blocking access to websites for those without paid subscriptions, also made the list, along with "cyberstalking" and "supercut," meaning a video compilation.Read More »from From birth to death, English words mark changing times