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Merriam-Webster: Time Traveler

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One needn't have sesquipedalian tendencies to appreciate Merriam-Webster's online Time Traveler tool. This interactive feature enables visitors to select a particular year and see which words were first known to be used in print during that year. With the most recent years listed first, the Time Traveler makes it fairly easy to look up birth years or other personal anniversaries, and the tool also includes a handy search bar for those wondering what words were first printed in, say, 1618 (for the curious, that year includes balcony, quota, and usefulness). From the results of their chosen year, each word links to its definition. In their explanatory note, Merriam-Webster specifies that the year indicates "the earliest written or printed use that the editors have been able to discover" rather than the first time the word was ever used. In keeping with the dictionary's conventions, visitors to the Time Traveler can look up individual years for the Modern English period (1500-present), centuries for the Middle English period (1100-1499), and the catch-all "before 12th century" for the Old English period (700-1099).
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-11-02
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/1102

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