I've noticed quite a few new words or new use of words or words getting a lot more use than usual lately, having to do with the current situation in the world. Have you noticed it also? (If you know of or are using other words and phrases, please leave a comment.) I don't know if these definitions will make it to the standard dictionary, but they seem to be pretty common now. Are these words allowed in the game of Scrabble?
Blursday - not knowing what day it is because of quarrantines or lock downs
Covideo party - online parties, using skype or other video applications
Covidiot - someone ignoring public health advice
Flattening the Curve - slowing the spread of the disease so that the health care system doesn't become overwhelmed.
Furlough - my students did not know this word, but use the phrase "no pay vacation"
Infits - clothing worn at home, during work at home or stay at home orders, as opposed to outfits
Infodemic - information epidemic, often used to talk about misinformation
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Quarantini - slang term for an alcohol beverage while staying at home (quarrantine martini)
Shelter-in-place - staying home until it is safe to come out again
Social Distancing - keeping a six foot or two meter distance between people to prevent the transmission of the virus through airborne channels (I previously heard this phrase to mean more of a mental distancing, but now it is used for physical distancing)
Stay-cation - stay at home vacation
Virtual Happy Hour - the online cocktail hour
WFH - Working From Home
Zoom (used as a verb) - using the Zoom video application for online meetings or get-togethers
The words I'm seeing and hearing and reading are in English. Do you know of words in other languages? Afterall, the coronavirus is worldwide.
Another interesting thing about the new corona virus words is that the internet and social media are making them more accessible to more people. In previous health/disease outbreaks people were not as connected. Do you think this will cause these words to be more lasting in the English language?