From yesterday’s Guardian.
The Oxford University Press yesterday launched a poll to find “the word which represents the events or the moods of the 21st century”. The poll is for the OUP’s book The Language Report, which draws on the Oxford English Corpus - a database of current language from sources as varied as chat-room conversations and broadsheet newspapers, used by linguists and dictionary-makers as a new tool in charting language change. The Language Report’s own nominations for the best word or phrase include gingerism - prejudice against redheads - and prevenge - getting one’s retaliation in first.
I’d nominate the verb google. Earliest cite in OED is just on the cusp of the new century (Oct, 1999). (It’s interesting to speculate what words might have been nominated a century ago.)