That ‘lockdown’ and ‘MEGXIT’ have become the Collins Dictionary words of the year for 2020 sum up this sorry period perfectly
Joining it on the list also were:
- Key worker
- Social distancing
Speaking to the paper, Helen Newstead, a language content consultant at Collins, remarked:
“Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic.”
“We have chosen ‘lockdown’ as our word of the year because it encapsulates the shared experience of billions of people who have had to restrict their daily lives in order to contain the virus.
“Lockdown has affected the way we work, study, shop, and socialise.”
“With many countries entering a second lockdown, it is not a word of the year to celebrate but it is, perhaps, one that sums up the year for most of the world.”
Let’s hope 2021 brings some far more positive words to the fray – if nothing else.