Pandemic Induced Language Changes

Pandemic Induced Language Changes

Dictionary imageCOVID or Covid, which is the proper written form of the word? It depends on where you live according to the Oxford English Dictionary. CNN looks into pandemic word usage and changes. The most interesting part of this story are words under consideration in the dictionary. “They include “maskne,” an acne outbreak caused by facial coverings; “zoombombing,” which is when strangers intrude on video conferences; and “quarantini,” a cocktail consumed in isolation. Other new blends include “covidiot,” for someone who ignores public safety recommendations; “doomscrolling,” which happens when you skim anxiety-inducing pandemic-related stories on your smartphone; and the German term “hamsterkauf,” or panic buying. Whether such terms will be in common usage after the pandemic is anyone’s guess.” Does anyone out there have other words they think should be considered?