I mean, they’re coming, whether we like it or not. Might as well have a good word for them. “The word “automobile” first appeared in the New York Times on Jan. 3, 1899, in an editorial about why other words used for the “automobile” at the time, like “autotruck” and “autowain” were weird and bad. (Some records have it as Jan. 3 of that year, others have it as Jan. 2.)“