If you’re a fiction writer, language buff, or trivia fan, you’re probably interested in words. The UA Library subscribes to the Oxford English Dictionary, which does much more than reveal a word’s meaning or part of speech. For historical fiction writers, you can create interactive timelines for words that were coined in a particular region, so you can browse through new and popular words for each year (or avoid anachronisms).
Language buffs and trivia fans will enjoy the histories available for each word, including quotes of each word’s usage, and the year it was first used. There are some surprises: “Reality TV” was first used in 1980, and “Millennial” (in reference to the generation) in 1991. For more on the history of English and English words, which is surprisingly intense, check out: