Name the Year by KlionskyG

Champion(s):

BillPennington
Baw pen yang


Runner(s)-Up:

JCEurovision
Vive la République, vive la France!


Quiz Description

On December 10, President-elect Joseph Robinette Biden and VP-elect Kamala Devi Harris were named as TIME's People of the Year for 2020.

Separately, the following words are among those that have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this year:

  • contactless
  • deepfake
  • finna
  • herd immunity
  • truthiness

Below, I give you TIME's Person of the Year (originally Man or Woman of the Year) and some of the words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary during that year. Your task is to give the (Gregorian) year for that combination.

Full Results:

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1 BillPennington 365 98 15
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2 JCEurovision 339 94 00
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3 RobinJRichards 308 91 15
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4 McGeeDean 277 87 15
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5 vepa1943 276 84 15
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6 WeikleB 273 81 15
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7 DouglasLovesVixey 267 77 15
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8 EggCzar 262 74 15
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9 HortonR 217 68 00
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9 Svoyager-11 217 68 00
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11 jnowell 208 63 15
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12 GarciaD 202 60 15
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13 imogen 146 56 00
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17 KonkelT 129 41 15
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20 SchiefelbeinM 127 32 00
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Questions:

Person of the Year, the very first one:
Charles Lindbergh


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • beach volleyball
  • dehumidify
  • Komodo dragon
  • obsessive-compulsive
  • theremin

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1927

Person of the Year:
The Hungarian freedom fighter


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • anti-apartheid
  • event horizon
  • meritocracy
  • psychedelic
  • snooze button

What year was it?

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1956

Person of the Year:
Winston Churchill


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • allergy shot
  • chlorofluorocarbon
  • doublethink
  • hummus
  • six-pack

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1949

Person of the Year:
Angela Merkel


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • aquafaba
  • dark money
  • emoji
  • net neutrality
  • sharing economy

What year was it?

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2015

Person of the Year:
Corazon Aquino


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • bungee jump
  • chat room
  • nanoscale
  • shock jock
  • soul patch

What year was it?

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1986

Person of the Year:
Martin Luther King Jr.


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • bar code
  • catch-22
  • Frisbee golf
  • neuroscience
  • umami

What year was it?

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1963

Person of the Year, the first woman so named:
Wallis Simpson


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • Chinese checkers
  • fifth column
  • lobotomy
  • Richter scale
  • trickle-down theory

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1936

Person of the Year:
Willy Brandt


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • Agent Orange
  • Chapter 11
  • Kwanzaa
  • pro-life
  • Tourette's syndrome

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1970

Person of the Year:
Pope John Paul II


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • bohrium
  • chai latte
  • metrosexual
  • spyware
  • wifebeater

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1994

Person of the Year:
American women
Represented by Susan Brownmiller, Kathleen Byerly, Alison Cheek, Jill Conway, [redacted name of the First Lady of the United States], Ella Grasso, Carla Hills, Barbara Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carol Sutton, Susie Sharp, and Addie Wyatt


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • ATM, BMX, PBB, UVA
  • domestic partner
  • gigabyte
  • pickleball
  • subwoofer

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1975

Person of the Year:
The Whistleblowers
Represented by Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins.


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • airplane mode
  • dubstep
  • emerald ash borer
  • neurodiverse
  • parkour

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
2002

Person of the Year:
Mikhail Gorbachev


Some words added to M-W this year:
  • bcc
  • caffeinate
  • Generation X
  • helicopter parent
  • misgender

What year was it?

Click to Reveal Answer
1989 (if you've been paying attention to my quizzes, you'll know from the start of the year that I turned 31 in 2020 and of course I was going to end on 1989!). Happy new year!