NEW WORDS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19
An ever growing list: check back for more!
It's a word you might have heard: Corona:
The history and etymology for corona is borrowed
from Latin corōna:
- A garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty,
- A halo around a celestial body,
- The top part of an entablature"
Ohhhh - - how things change!
Time to get up to date with new words in the time of corona!
So sit tight, stay home and stay safe, and remember that during this pandemic there was even a time when toilet paper cost more than a barrel of oil!
Using health precautions as an excuse for snubbing neighbors and generally ignoring people you find irritating.
When chaos theory becomes chaos reality
Future story telling reference: before corona vs after cornoa
Spreading kindness and love to help the frightened, anxious, lonely and vulnerable
When it takes a bottle or two for your quarantine partner to seem sexy again
Using covid-19 as an excuse for anything else
The ups and downs of your mood during the pandemic. You’re loving lockdown one minute but suddenly weepy with anxiety the next. It truly is “an emotional coronacoaster”.
An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.
People who are behaving especially reprehensibly, and acting out in anger over the minimum we should be doing, like wearing masks and social distancing.
Another result of relentless togetherness and boredom.
// Children of the Quarn // Generation C
The future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine
Someone so alarmed by an innocuous splutter or throat-clear that they back away in terror.
Earrings that work in the time of covid. Both extra large and showy earrings that show up better on a Zoom call, and small earrings that won't get caught on your mask. So the best are interchange-able earrings that match any outfit and situation.
Anyone hunkering down during the pandemic
// Quarantine-15 // Fattening the Curve
The 10 – 15 lbs that we’re all gaining from comfort-eating and comfort-drinking. Note: the thing you are looking for is not in the refrigerator.
Pandemic related dilemmas, such as 'only go out when necessary, unless you feel like a walk.'
So clean that COVID-19 can’t survive.
// Wuhan-ker // Lockclown
One who forward false information without checking, ignores public health advice and/or behaves with reckless disregard for the safety of others can be said to display “covidiocy” or be “covidiotic”.
The result of way too much forced togetherness.
A morbid fear of coronavirus diseases
When places that should be packed with people are seemly peaceful but very uncomfortably quiet.
DoomScrolling or DoomSurfing
The tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. Many people are finding themselves reading continuously bad news about COVID-19 without the ability to stop or step back.
In theory the elbow bump will replace the handshake, but I think people will soon get comfortable just saying hello withough touching at all.
in the Zoom
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.
The elbow bump we do as replacement for hand shakes and hugs
When you're afraid to think about how long you've been wearing the same underwear
Merlot // Bored-eaux // Cabernet Tedium
Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working.
The kids conceived in the time of corona lockdown.
The sudden fear that you’ve consumed so much wine, cheese, home-made cake and Easter chocolate in lockdown that your ankles are swelling up like a medieval king’s.
Overwhelming amount of horrifying news, both true and totally false.
It’s the new “avocado hand” - an aching arm after taking one’s best saucepan outside to bang during the weekly ‘Clap For Carers.’ It might be heavy but you’re keen to impress the neighbors with your high-quality kitchenware.
Lock-down Cocktails, the creative cocktails you invent and consume to pass the time, either in social isolation, or so you don't throttle the others in your home.
Fear of what your blind date looks like under the mask!
Extra make-up applied to "make one's eyes pop" before venturing out in public wearing a face mask.
to take the risk of COVID.
Staying chic and fashionable by matching your jewelry and outfits to your face-mask.
The guy who wants to give himself the COVID test swipe up the nose.
The loose fitting or elastic pants most are wearing while working from home. Note, some believe that by wearing tight pants that they can avoid the weight gain know as the 'quarantine-fifteen'
Coined by conspiracy theorists who don’t understand the benefit of planning for real pandemics, it’s the idea that the fear is hyped and unnecessary.
Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When every cough or sneeze creates total panic
Mathematically assured to obtain the worst possible outcome which, in a given situation, is synonymous with the best possible outcome.
For those who know that to dress well is essential, even in a pandemic, these are the best and latest fashion trends which reflect the new normal.
An inflammatory response, either emotional or physical, to an otherwise negligible issue due to being quarantined too long.
The bizarrely slow perception of the passing of time in lock-down
Experimental cocktails mixed from whatever random ingredients you have left in the house. The boozy equivalent of a store cupboard supper. Southern Comfort and Ribena quarantini with a glacé cherry garnish, anyone? These are sipped at “locktail hour”, ie. wine o’clock during lockdown, which seems to be creeping earlier with each passing week.
Doesn't matter if you're an introvert or an extrovert, thanks to the quarantantie, we're all Quatroverts now.
An attention-seeker using their time in lock-down to make amateur films which they’re convinced are funnier and cleverer than they actually are.
Lazy linguistically, a shortening of coronavirus. Coronavirus is popularly shortened to corona, which was sometimes further clipped to rona, mostly by people more interested in saving a moment than effective communication.
When you finally find toilet paper and cleaning supplies!
When your triggered by coronavirus jokes
1 part each of bleach, disinfectant, tide pod, bronzer, and Russian prostitute urine. Shaken and served in a tiny glass that makes anyone's hands look yuge.
Fear of running out of wine: 2020 SUCKS!
Healthcare blocked by Republicans in Congress which we should all have access to, but in reality only available to the wealthiest Americans, and everyone in Congress.
Chic on the top, and comfy on the bottom. Perfect clothes for sitting around in bed all day while chatting on Zoom.
When you think you're off screen but caught on camera masturbating.
// Blue Skype Thinking
A work brainstorming session which takes place over a videoconferencing app. Such meetings to be avoided if at all possible.
Pulled together, presentable enough that we can go on a video call without embarrassing ourselves or scaring anyone else.
More to come - keep checking back! And let me know if you have additions to contribute:
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