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OED Timeline Challenge

OED Timeline Challenge

Can you guess in which century each of these words was first recorded in the English language? (answers at the bottom of the page)

1. bromance

2. mustache 

3. al Qaeda

4. computer

5. pineapple

6. oops 

Click here to try the OED Timeline Challenge for yourself!

The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) is the most comprehensive and detailed dictionary of the English language because it allows you to see not only which words are circulating in the language currently, but also how each word has evolved in form and meaning over time. Access this invaluable language resource today either through the link above or through Hekman's Research Databases page








1. 21st (2001) 2. 16th (1585) 3. 20th (1996) 4. 17th (1613) 5. 17th (1624) 6. 20th (1921)


- Posted January 26, 2016 by Kathy DeMey (2:17 PM)