›abbreviation for the Year 2000: used to refer to the problems that were expected with computers when the datechanged from 1999 to 2000: Many industryexperts today believe the Y2K problem was exaggerated.
Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014
by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them