Pandemic-inspired vocabulary

I always tell people that language “lives” as it is constantly adapting and growing, and this year was a perfect example.

We have seen our personal vocabulary expand to include words that were undoubtedly uncommon in our language arsenal before: social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), quarantine, community diffusion, contact tracing, etc.

There is also a whole spectrum of re-coined words inspired by the pandemic. The dreaded “Mascne” for example or your urgently needed “Quarantini” to survive another “Blursday”. The idea of ​​”doom scrolling” and the “new normal” is nothing out of the ordinary for us. If your self heard in 2019 that you are now using any of these terms, you may be looked at in confusion and confusion.

This is certainly not a phenomenon unique to the English language. As widespread as the pandemic was, it had an impact on language around the world. For this reason, it is especially important that you keep up with your language courses so that you can learn the latest jargon and enter the times known as AC (After Coronavirus).

Out of curiosity, members of our team visited the newest social media app clubhouse to further research this topic and solicit some global examples.

Here are some words that have been shared with us by language learners around the world:

Coronaangst – German, fear of the corona virus

Mask idiot – German, “mask idiot”, someone who doesn’t wear his mask properly

Balconsanger – German, “balcony singer”, someone who entertains neighbors from his balcony

Covidiota – Spanish, “Covididiot”, someone who doesn’t take restrictions seriously

Aplanar la curva – Spanish to smooth the curve

DAD – Italian, pronounced “father”, short for “At Home Studies”

Leenhonden – – Dutch,lending someone a dog so they can go for a walk outside

Corona foot greeting – German, Corona foot greeting

Interestingly, there were also some examples of Anglicisms:

Home office – Czech

Smart working – Italian

Der Lockdown, Il Lockdown – German, Italian

Once you start making a list of these new words in your own target language, what is the best place to study them? Of course, by adding them to your Learned Vocab in Transparent Language Online! That way, you can keep checking them until they are stuck in your mind.

Let us know more examples of pandemic-inspired vocabulary in the comments below, and let us know how you keep up with these rapid language changes!


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