The English language is constantly growing. English speakers have always readily borrowed terms from other languages, and sometimes we create new words altogether to express new concepts in everyday life. Modern English speakers are connected to global influences more than ever before, and the pace of change in our language has increased in the last few decades, meaning we use words every day that were only invented recently.
Linguists and lexicographers try to track the language to learn when new words and meanings emerge. Dictionaries can sometimes identify the first time a word appeared in print, but official inclusion in the lexicon often lags well behind a word's origins in popular speech, and different dictionaries might add the same word years apart.
While some English words are "totes obvi" modern slang like "woke" or internet speak like "lol," "meme" or "gif," you might be surprised to learn how recently some other phrases we use every day were invented or first found their way into the dictionary.
Here are 24 modern words that aren't actually as old as you might think that they are.