Language is always evolving to reflect the technology, new culinary delights, and trends of the era. That's why the dictionary is never really "done." We took a look back at Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary for a sampling of words that debuted each year, and we found a few surprises. ("Text messaging" is way older than you think.) Take a peek at when other words found their way into our language.
Though the process has become much more advanced since its debut, the facelift has been helping people deal with the aging process for 90+ years.
Nope, the year of the perm didn't happen during the '80s. In 1927, this rather frightening gizmo allowed everyone to achieve their dream of a head full of curls.
The boom of the '20s was coming to an end, but not before a phrase was coined to refer to the rich industrial types who gained the most.
Space travel has always caught the imagination of dreamers, even decades before we'd actually make it up there.
The grade-that's-not-a-grade might have calmed some college jitters when it first came around.
Perhaps inspired by the most famous platinum blonde of all, determined women sought to replicate this gleaming shade. (And they haven't stopped since.)
Though it existed before it entered the OED, we're glad we have the right word to order this delicious treat.
The shorthand for "Very Important Person" made the work of gossip columnists of the era much easier.
It's an exercise that's been around forever, but the '30s brought a trend of doing these difficult poses. Even actress Elsie de Wolfe could be caught such an inversion.
This new genre would eventually fill our supermarkets, drug stores, elevators, and dentist offices with the oddly soothing-but-annoying tunes.
As cars became more popular, we started quickly running out of places to park. Enter: Double-parking.
It's what you do mindlessly while you wait on hold (perhaps listening to muzak?), and often the one action that can keep you from falling asleep in the process.
Pulp novels likely brought about this term, which would give rise to a whole genre of movies.
Nope, this wasn't coined during the heyday of Paris Hilton, but back in the late '30s, when beautiful society types began filling the pages of magazines and gossip columns.
We wouldn't call these happy barbecue guests "freeloaders," unless they started overstaying their welcome by a few days.
The new boom in technology lead to a host of new words entering the lexicon, including radar.
This French term made its way into our language thanks to the rise of fine dining.
Whether you're enhancing your eyelashes or certain parts of your figure, it's nice to have this fun term in our vocabulary.
Though it would be some time before they became as graphically interesting as this '70s design (not to mention the cliché lady figure), this truck part helped keep vehicles a little bit cleaner.
Like gelato, espresso has existed for quite some time, but didn't become common enough to enter Merriam-Webster or the OED until this year. However, misspellings threaten to morph this word into "expresso."
We're not saying this spirited bartender is one, but that line-up of beer could possibly be for him.
First, it was freeing to bare a little more, especially compared to the highly structured swimsuits of the time period. But later, the bikini seemed a little less carefree as the whole "bikini body" industry popped up.
Another food that existed long before it jumped into the dictionary, this pasta helped convert more and more people to Italian cooking.
Whether it was A-list celebrities or socialites, the jet-setters were fascinating to watch in an era where traveling was much more difficult and time-consuming.
It helped keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, but the invention presented a challenge to the environment to say the least.
Touting fun, budget-friendly meals, fast food gave busy families a reprieve from kitchen duty. Like the bikini, it's something that would seem less carefree as time went on, but for a brief moment it was an innocent treat.
It would be years before you'd see droids like R2D2 and BB-8, along with the "droid" smart phone, this technical phrase was in the dictionary in 1952.
We were kind of surprised how old this word was, but isn't it one of language's most perfect inventions?
Social dancing got a little more interesting in the '50s, with fun-sounding styles such as this one. In the '60s, we'd all but abandon this more organized approach to dancing.
Advances in the computer industry lead to the invention of "artificial intelligence," which promised an optimistic new era.