It’s that time of year when dictionaries and other language-related bodies announce their Word of The Year (WOTY) – a word or phrase judged by analysis, committee, or poll to have been one of the most searched, prominent or notable that year. No prizes, really, for guessing that most of the WOTYs for 2020 relate to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including “pandemic” (Merriam-Webster), “quarantine” (Cambridge), “lockdown” (Collins). Several of these terms have been previously explored in this…



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