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Investigating changes in American English vocabulary over the last 40 years

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admonishment

agita

ahead of the curve

air quotes

all in

alpha male

anger management

artisanal

at the end of the day

avatar


baby bump

back atcha

back in the day

back story

be careful out there

been there, done that

beg the question

bells and whistles

best practices

beta version

big box store

binge-watching

black Friday

blank on

blended family

blessed

bloviate

blowback

bobbitt

body wash

boots on the ground

boundaries

brick and mortar

bright line

bring to the table

bucket list

burnout


caregiver

channel

channel surfing

chick flick

chick magnet

chilling effect

clawback

closure

cocooning

coffee date

cold call

collateral damage

comfort food

comfort zone

community service

concerning

conflicted

control freak

coping mechanism

cougar

crunchy

curate

cutting-edge


damage control

deal breaker

decompress

deconstruct

deer-in-the-headlights look

default

demographic

designated driver

didn’t get the memo

diva

do the math

doesn’t pass the smell test

dog whistle

d’oh

done deal

don’t even think about it

don’t go there

doorbuster

downsize

downtime

drama queen

dress down

due diligence

dumb down

dysfunctional family


early adopter

empowerment

empty nest

enable

end of story

erectile dysfunction

eustress

everything on the table

eye candy


facilitator

factoid

failed state

fair trade

false positive

fashion statement

feeding frenzy

firewall

first responder

flag

flame out

flatline

flip the script

flyover country

food insecurity

food pantry

foodie

footprint

fraudster

from hell

full disclosure

fuzzy math


game changer

game the system

gated community

gel

gender gap

gentrification

get a life

get it

get with the program

gifting

give back

glass ceiling

glitch

globalization

go ballistic

go commando

go green

go off on

go postal

going forward

good luck with that

gotcha

grand bargain

graphic novel

gridlock

grounded

guest worker

gut check


hard-wired

harken back

harvest

has left the building

headhunter

helicopter parent

hello?!

hipster

hive mind

hold that thought

holistic

homeland

hot button

hot mess

how I roll

human capital

humbled

hurtful

hype


i’ll shut up now

impact

in a good place

in the loop

in the mix

incentivize

in denial

inner child

interpersonal skills

intervention

irrational exuberance

issue


Joe Sixpack

Jumbotron

junk science


karma

keep it real

key


lanyard

latchkey kid

learning curve

life coach

life lesson

lighten up

listen to your body

living the dream

lose it

love handles

lowball

low-hanging fruit


male bonding

man cave

man up

massage the numbers

max out

mcjob

mcmansion

mcpaper

meltdown

mic

microaggression

micromanage

mindfulness

mindset

model

monetize

morph

my bad

my work here is done


name-check

narrative

national conversation

new normal

no-brainer

no harm, no foul

non-starter

no pain, no gain

no pressure

not in a good way

nothing-burger


off-kilter

off the charts

on demand

on message

on task

on the bubble

on the same page

(the) one percent

optics

out (v.)

out of the loop

outsource

overshare

over the moon

over the top

overthink


parse

partner with

passive-aggressive

payback

peace dividend

peace out

perfect storm

perp walk

phone it in

pick your battles

pitch perfect

play date

play one on TV

play the race card

play well with others

politically correct

poster child

power nap

prequel

prior

proactive

provider

punt

push poll

pushback


quality time


race to the bottom

racial profiling

rainmaker

raise the bar

ramp up

random acts of kindness

reach out

reality check

reference

relatable

repurpose

retro

risk-averse

road rage

robocall

roid rage

roll with it


same old same old

scare quotes

selfie

senior moment

server

shake out

shoutout

shovel-ready

show daylight between

significant other

six-pack abs

sketchy

skill set

slam

slam dunk

slammed

smartest guy in the room

soccer mom

soul patch

sound bite

special needs

speed dating

spike

spoiler alert

stakeholder

stalker

standalone

startup

state of the art

stick a fork in him, he’s done

sticker shock

stoked

suck it up

surgical strike

SUV


takeaway

take a chill pill

talking point

task (v.)

t-bone

teach to the test

teachable moment

team

tebowing

template

thanks for sharing

think outside the box

tiger mother

time-sensitive

tipping point

TMI

touchy-feely

transgender

trash talk

trend (v.)

trophy wife

(the) truly needy

turn the page

tweak

tween

twerk

type a personality


unclear on the concept

under duress

under the radar

unintended consequences

unpack

unprofessional

up front

upsell

user friendly


vape

vent

victory lap

viral


wake-up call

walk back

wannabe

warfighter

what part of no don’t you understand?

what’s not to like?

what’s your point?

where’s the beef?

-whisperer

whistleblower

who moved my cheese?

wiggle room

wingman

win-win

word salad

workaholic

workaround

worst-case scenario

wow factor

wrong on so many levels


y2k

you go, girl

your mileage may vary

you’re history

you’re toast


zero tolerance

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