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occupy [2011 origin: Wall Street]

It began with a group of protesters who had a vague, lefty anti--Wall Street impulse. A few started camping out at a park in Manhattan's financial district. Then, as the movement coalesced around the idea that it represented "the 99%"--as opposed to the richest 1%--Occupy protests spread to Boston, London and even Antarctica.

planking [2011 origin: Australia]

For reasons that may never be clear to historians, the trend of people positioning themselves horizontally in unusual or even dangerous places to be photographed for social-media sites went viral in 2011. Planking...

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