“Time Traveler” Is Speechwriter’s Companion

Website spits out words that came into currency in a given year; helpful for commemorative speeches.

University of Pennsylvania speechwriter Josh Piven found a website he thinks you should know about: Time Traveler, from Merriam-Webster.

It spits out words and phrases that first appeared in general usage in a given year, going back to the 12thcentury.

“We are often called on to write speeches that commemorate or celebrate something that happened in a specific year,” Piven says. “The humor (among other) possibilities are endless. So, if you’re ever stuck, it’s a handy shortcut to open a speech.”

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