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Word or Phrase Debuts in Songs

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Thought about this when "Giving You The Benefit" came on my radio yesterday, and Pebbles used the word "homegirl", which I didn't think was around back then.

As words enter the lexicon, they also enter songs. What are some examples of the first time a word or phrase was used in a popular song?

Examples:

"Frenemies" - "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals

"Gangsta" - "Be Thankful for What You Got" by William DeVaughn

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oh, crikey, there are a million examples of that in country music. They love cliche sentences. Especially Kenny Chesney, who I loathe.

Don't have time to look stuff up right now, but maybe someone else can come up with some of those examples...

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I am not a native speaker of the English language, and therefore unable to judge the impact of this expression, but me and my fellow students in Amsterdam loved and frequently used the expression "Rhino over your lino", from the song We Were Wrong by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

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