2020 shall be remembered because the yr our lives had been stopped in movement by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It”s not simply each aspect of our lives which have been affected — how we converse and the phrases we use have additionally modified.

So it is no shock that Collins Dictionary has chosen “lockdown” as its phrase of the yr.

Its use rose sharply in the course of the pandemic. Collins registered greater than 250,000 usages of “lockdown” throughout 2020, in contrast with solely 4,000 the earlier yr.

Different pandemic-linked phrases additionally made the shortlist reminiscent of keyworker, social distancing, self-isolate and Furlough.

Euronews spoke to Helen Newstead, who’s Head of Language Content material at Harper Collins.

She says an unlimited database of language containing some 13 billion phrases was used alongside a panel to assist whittle down a shortlist.


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