16 words from the 1960s

As the television show Mad Men recently reached its conclusion, we thought it might be fun to reflect on the contributions to language during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. This legacy is not
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As the television show Mad Men recently reached its conclusion, we thought it might be fun to reflect on the contributions to language during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. This legacy is not surprising, given the huge shifts in culture that took place during this point in time, including the Civil Rights movement, the apex of the space race, the environmental movement, the sexual revolution, and—obviously—the rise of advertising and media. With this in mind, we picked 16 words from the 1960s that illuminate this historical moment. 1. sexploit Given the advent of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, the appearance of the blend sexploit (sex + exploit), an ‘instance of engaging in sexual activity of a casual or illicit nature’, is not all that surprising. Related words include sexploitation and sexcapade. 2. trendsetter A trendsetter is something that leads the way in fashion or ideas. Today, trendsetter is more likely to refer to a person, but the word may also refer to a thing,. . .

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