a familiar name, phrase, saying, etc.; byword: The advertising campaign is designed to make this new product a household word.
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Word Watch 2013: Twerk
This year, the word twerk bounced its way into the universal consciousness of English speakers thanks to the controversial performance of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in late August. Only a few days later, Oxford Dictionaries Online announced its quarterly update, listing twerk among the new additions (additions that had been planned months before “Twerkgate”). This led to public outcry against making …
Origin of household word
First recorded in 1590–1600
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