Hmm, interesting ...... in my time it was Nerd.
And who do we have to blame for this word?
Well, it seems the honour goes to DR SEUSS, author of such terrific books as 'The Cat In The Hat', 'Green Eggs And Ham', and 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'.
Coined in 1950 in the book 'If I Ran The Zoo' Nerd was the name given to one of creations.
The young narrator declaring “And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Ka-Troo and bring back an It-Kutch, a Preep and a Proo/A Nerkle, a Nerd and a Seersucker too!”
And that's not all, according to Ben Jackson in an article in The Sun newspaper Dr Seuss isn't the only one to have brightened the English language.
Bump and Swagger. Although it might be it that these words just weren't seen in print before he used them, these are two of the many thousands of words credited to William Shakespeare. Used in Romeo And Juliet - Juliet's nurse on recalling when, as a child, Juliet hit her head says she had “a bump as big as young cockerel’s stone.” Whilst in A MidSummer Night's Dream - On coming across an amateur dramatic's group Puck exclaims “What hempen homespuns have we swaggering here?”
Cyberspace. First used in1982 by sci-fi writer William Gibson in the short story Burning Chrome, a computer geek says of his friends computer “I knew every chip in Bobby’s simulator by heart; it looked like your workaday Ono-Sendai VII, the ‘Cyberspace Seven’.”
And who would have thought it?
A French monk, Francois Rabelais, living in the 1500's is responsible for coining many of the bawdy terms used to describe, err, bedroom romps.
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