Word Nerd Quiz: When Did These Terms First Make the OED?
These eight words first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1913, 1963 or 2013. Can you match the word with the correct year?
n. a television drama shown in a number of episodes. Did miniseries first appear in the OED in 1913, 1963, or 2013?
The television miniseries had its debut in 1963. The first citation in the OED refers to Your Hit Parade, which ran for five weeks in the summer of 1963.
n. one who is blamed for the breakup of a marriage or family, such as an adulterous partner. Did home-wrecker first appear in the OED in 1913, 1963, or 2013?
This term, which has been used as the name of a sandwich, and several movies and songs, has been around since 1913. The first citation in the OED that uses the word to refer to a woman is dated 1960.
n. a period of physical activity engaged in by an astronaut in space outside a space craft. Did spacewalk first appear in the OED in 1913, 1963, or 2013?
Spacewalk dates to 1963, although the first one would not take place until March 1965.