By Melissa S. Lee
If 2020 has proven anything to us, it is that change is the only constant in life.
With the introduction of the COVID-19 virus, aka “Rona,” to the masses in early 2020, so began the shutdown of the entire country on Friday the 13th (no coincidence, I’m sure) of March; the long quarantine implemented; the homeschooling of our Coronatweens and -teens by us WFH parents causing our Monday through Friday to morph into one big Blursday and, perhaps, the need for a quarantini (no judging) with the trusted quarantine pod; the mask mandate, mask-shaming, and the embarrassing adult-onset maskne that followed; the mad-dashers, later termed “covidiots” on the hunt for – or hoarding – toilet paper, alcohol gel, and Lysol; the rise in Coronaphobia and the tightening of our COVID bubble; the beginning of Zooming, connections made, and later Zumping; the push for a country-wide covexit plan; the recent Pfizer and Moderna vaccine; and our upcoming, long-awaited vaxications on the horizon. Needless to say, our everyday vernacular has changed quite a bit as well over the past 18 months.
Knowing that your theory provides you with the foundation you need to write anything you might hear, I challenge you to expand your writing, your dictionary, and your confidence with the pandemic-specific terminology you may soon hear in your professional career. You can do it!
|2019-nCov||aka COVID-19 or Coronavirus*|
|anti-buddies||two friends who have the COVID antibodies and are hanging out together|
|Blursday||the merging of weekdays during the pandemic|
|Corona||aka Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus*|
|Coronababies||babies raised during the COVID pandemic|
|Coronacation||taking vacation time during the COVID-19 pandemic with no place to go due to lockdowns|
|Coronaphobe||used to describe individuals with a clinical level of fear with respect to contracting the COVID-19 virus|
|Coronaphobia||the fear of touching things or coming into contact with people during the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Coronaphobic||having a fear of contracting Coronavirus|
|Coronapocalypse||refers to the end of the world by the Coronavirus|
|Coronateens||teenagers raised during the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Coronatweens||preteens raised during the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Coronavirus||aka the COVID-19 virus*|
|covexit||refers to easing restrictions previously enforced during the COVID pandemic|
|COVID bubble||a group of people outside your home that one feels comfortable spending time with during the COVID pandemic|
|covideo party||a virtual party conducted online via a platform like Zoom or Skype|
|covidiot||derogatory term used to describe someone not wearing their mask, adhering to the public health policies, and/or hoarding goods|
|covidivorce||a divorce resulting from differences during the COVID-19 lockdown|
|COVID-phobe||used to describe individuals with a clinical level of fear with respect to contracting the COVID-19|
|doomscrolling||the act of scrolling through social media in search of the latest catastrophe or bad news|
|long-hauler||refers to individuals who contracted COVID-19 and then suffer from long-lasting effects for months or years|
|maskhole||derogatory term used to describe an individual who refuses to wear a face mask|
|mask-shaming||the act of shaming someone else for not wearing a face mask|
|maskne||acne that appears as a result of chronic mask usage|
|maskophobia||fear of what your blind date will look like without a mask|
|quaranteam||the people one chooses to live with during the quarantine lockdown|
|quarantime||the time during which one was or is expected to quarantine|
|quarantine pod||a small group of people who quarantine together and limit their exposure to others|
|quarantini||a cocktail one consumes while social distancing, oftentimes done during a Zoom or Skype meeting with friends|
|quarantinitis||an inflammatory response that develops from being quarantined too long|
|Rona||slang for Coronavirus|
|super spreader||a large event where the COVID-19 virus is likely to spread from asymptomatic COVID-19 people present at the event|
|vaxication||refers to a vacation one takes after being vaccinated from COVID-19|
|walktail||a cocktail made in a to-go cup and designed to be consumed while walking the streets|
|WFH||an abbreviation for “work from home”|
|Zepo||a depo conducted via Zoom|
|Zoombombing/Zoom raiding||refers to the unwanted and disruptive intrusion into a video conference from internet trolls|
|Zooming||the act of socializing via Zoom|
|Zumping||the act of dumping a partner via Zoom|
Melissa S. Lee, CRI, is an adjunct instructor at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind.
*Coronavirus and COVID-19 are used interchangeably in this article. While in some cases that is acceptable – for instance, the COVID-19 virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 are acceptable, as is simply the coronavirus – some medical professionals, government officials, and journalists note that there is a distinction: Coronavirus is a kind of common virus, and COVID-19 is a specific type of coronavirus.
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