(LibertySociety.com) – Every year, Collins Dictionary picks a word (or words) that people used a lot over the previous 365 days. For example, in 2019, the words were “climate strike” after thousands of students protested climate change worldwide, and people used the word 100 times more than the year before. Can you guess what 2020’s word is?
Covid-19: 'Lockdown' declared Collins Dictionary word of the year https://t.co/nD2BBS6YCd
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 10, 2020
That’s right, 2020 is the year of the “lockdown.”
When COVID-19 began spreading across the world, countries started shutting down to slow the spread of the virus. In America, people sat home for weeks waiting for the coronavirus to go away, but it stayed. Of course, these restrictions led to increased use of the word “lockdown.” In fact, there was a 6,000% increase.
The other words people used a lot include:
- key worker
- social distancing
Hopefully, the word of the year in 2021 won’t have a thing to do with a global pandemic.
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