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Must Know Covid-19 Vocabulry

Published: May 6, 2020
Author: TEXTILE VALUE CHAIN

Nothing can mask the fact that Covid-19 has infected people’s minds worldwide given that by March, all of the top 20 keywords — used most frequently at a given time — in the list compiled by Oxford English Dictionary (OED) are related to the novel coronavirus and its fallout. Of course, it does not take professional lexicographers to notice that there is a pandemic of Covid-19-related words and phrases — including pandemic — these days. But OED’s researchers must be commended for trawling. through eight billion words in recent news stories before arriving at the same conclusion: that words and phrases such as corona virus, quarantine, ventilator, respiratory, sanitiser, flu-like, self-isolation, social distancing, flattening the curve and non-essential have decimated rivals from 2019 such as Brexit, climate emergency, bush-fire and even impeachment to achieve global dominance.

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