There are surely no surprises here as Collins Dictionary announced its Word of the Year for 2020 was ‘lockdown.’
The word had a huge surge in popularity during 2020 thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. So much so that Collins registered more than a quarter of a million usages of “lockdown” during 2020. As opposed to just 4,000 the previous year.
“It is a unifying experience for billions of people across the world, who have had collectively to play their part in combating the spread of COVID-19,” publishers Harper Collins said.
While it might be unifying, we’d be pretty glad never to use the word lockdown again, to be honest.
Five of the other top 10 words were also linked to the pandemic.
And yup, you can probably guess them. They were…
“Coronavirus”, “social distancing”, “self-isolate” and “furlough” and “key worker.”
Other key words
As well as confirming their word of the year, Harper Dictionary also added several new words to their list. “TikToker” is now officially in the dictionary in reference to the
They also added “Mukbang”, which refers to South Korean video bloggers eating food in vlogs. And the UK Royal Family made it in as well thanks to Megxit which describes the withdrawal of Prince Harry and wife Meghan from royal duties.
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