John Lennon was assassinated in 1980 outisde his New York apartment building. | ARCHIVO
Trying to guess when a word or phrase was coined can sometimes be easy-peasy — but on other occasions it is extremely difficult. Any technical term that couldn’t possibly have been used before the Industrial Revolution (steam engine, for instance) is easy to place.
But other words can be most misleading. Some that look and sound as if they are mid-20th century turn out to be a good deal older than that.