I'm going away for the weekend to a party hosted by an old school friend. Our era is the 1970s, so it's fancy dress - loons, cheesecloth blouses, platform shoes, punk, that sort of thing. I thought I'd have a look to see which words entered the English language during that decade.
Chambers Dictionary issued a new edition in 1972. The words that went in to that dictionary for the first time were mainly words that had appeared during the 1960s: the pill, civil rights, nuclear weapon, hippy, psychedelic, swinging, mini-skirt, groovy and the Flower People. Britain's expanding cultural and culinary tastes during this decade are evinced by the appearance for the first time of the words pizza, sauna and au pair.
Chambers added a supplement in 1977, with words that had appeared since 1972. These words included: male chauvinist, Ms, nuke, sit-in, chat-show, skateboard, listed building, safari park, teeny-bopper, database and black hole. Phrases coined during the 1970s included blow the whistle and the name of the game.
Words that entered the OED during the 1970s include supermodel, streak (in the sense 'to run naked'), gas-guzzler, baby boomer, bag lady, chairperson, Sloane Ranger, flying picket and car bomb.