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OED timeline challenge: Can you guess when these words entered the English language?

Do you know when laugh entered the English language? What about cricket or fair-weather friend? Take the OED Timeline Challenge and find out if you are a lexical brainiac (1975). To play, simply drag the word to the date at which you think it entered the English language.

Please note that the dates given for these words refer to the current first known usage of the word. The Oxford English Dictionary team is continuously researching the histories of words (something you may be able to help with), and it is therefore possible that we will find an earlier sense of the words during our research.

If you are a subscriber or have access to the OED, visit our guide to explore which words entered the English language in your lifetime.

A version of this article originally appeared on the OxfordWords blog.

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