These words are brand-new additions to English…not!
You surely know that words fall in and out of popularity throughout the years. It can often seem like a word or phrase is everywhere one year and gone the next. But you may not realise that some popular words that seem distinctly “modern” are, in fact, not. Even seemingly “of-the-moment” terms like “politically correct,” “unfriend,” and “influencer” got their start before the 21st or late 20th centuries – in some cases, long, long before.
This dates back to a 1793 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Chisholm v. Georgia. Justice James Wilson wrote that the people, not the states, held the real power in the country: “To ‘The United States’ instead of to the ‘People of the United States’ is the toast given. This is not politically correct.”
The term for a spoon/fork combo has been around since at least 1909 when it appeared as an entry in the Century Dictionary. The utensil itself has been in use since the mid-1800s.
“Spork” is a classic funny word, but here are more funny words you’ve probably never heard before.