New words for the decade after the 90s

BBC News: Know your Fids from your Kippers?

The 80s was the generation of Yuppies (young, urban professionals) and the 90s sprouted Sitcoms (single income, two children, oppressive mortgage). Now the 21st Century has its own lingo. So you think you know what an iPod and a Kipper are? Think again. When it comes to 21st Century lingo, the first has nothing to do with music and the second is in no way related to fish. An exploration of how language has developed is part of a new BBC Four documentary series looking at how the world has changed in the last decade. Do you know what these 10 examples stand for?

Their new words are iPods, Yads, Ski, Neets, Mss, Kippers, Fid, Fud, Mos, Kgoy. It’s interesting that half of them relate to money.


  1. But is anyone actually using these terms? New words aren’t “language” until they’re actually in common usage, and understood by the majority of those who hear them (at least within a given context. For “language” that’s only used/understood in small isolated contexts, the preferred term is “jargon”).

    “Yuppie” became part of the English language, and “Dinky” just about scraped through, but I’ve never actually heard “Sitcom” used except as an example of these new “witty” socio-economic terms that people were inventing.

    Re. “Sitcom” – I mean as a socio-economic term, of course, rather than as a contraction of “situation comedy”.

  2. Wow, I only know about half those words. And my students have taught me a number of “cool words” like “dank” (how is that good?) and “tight”. (I.e., you’re so tight, Ms. Farrell.)

    Hey — thanks so much for the package I got in the mail this week!!! It really cheered me up. (Life’s been a little crazy lately.) I’m trying to decide if I should dye it before I spin it or vice versa … I’ll let you know what I do!! 🙂 Thanks again!

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