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    From Anti-Buddies To Quarantini, 11 New Words That 2020 Gave Us

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    Covid-lingo!
    1/12

    Covid-lingo!

    Historically, every new era has a set of words associated with it. The Covid era is no exception to the trend. With social distancing becoming the norm of the day, a large number of new words were introduced this year to communicate the experiences of the global population effectively.

    There is a slew of new words that have seamlessly entered our vocabulary and perfectly show the sheer absurdity and the strangeness of the times we are living in. For instance, the word ‘pandemic’ ruled ‘word of the year’ for most dictionaries including Websters and dictionary.com.

    Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary just couldn’t settle on one word for the year (given how eventful it has been). On the other hand, ‘Lockdown’ was the word of the year for Collins dictionary, while Cambridge Dictionary settled with ‘quarantine’.

    However, some words were invented by people that didn’t make it to dictionaries but found their way into daily conversations. Here are some of them.

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    Quarantini
    2/12

    Quarantini

    From never-ending household chores to work-from-home shifts, there have been times this year when we felt like having a drink in our hand to get through it all.

    Quarantini is literally any drink with alcohol that helps you get through a challenging year like 2020.

    Martinis are so passé, aren’t they?

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    Doomscrolling
    3/12

    Doomscrolling

    From the coronavirus pandemic, to economic slowdown and the #BlackLivesMatter protests, 2020 has had its fair share of negative, dark and grim headlines. Doomscrolling is essentially the process of scrolling through your social media feeds and reading all the negative headlines in rapid succession.

    We have all done that, haven’t we?

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    Quarantimes
    4/12

    Quarantimes

    Thanks to the coronavirus, time as we know it, has changed forever. Quarantimes essentially refers to the period after the Covid-19 pandemic took over and countries across the world imposed nationwide lockdowns.

    So the time we are living in starting from March 2020 onwards, is ‘quarantimes’.

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    Zoombombing
    5/12

    Zoombombing

    With restrictions on movement, office meetings and lectures moved online and that was when some mischievous students started sharing the meeting IDs with their naughty friends who then went on to crash the Zoom meetings, often saying something rude, profane or anything that is unwelcome by the attendees.

    The act of crashing Zoom meetings where you aren’t invited and creating chaos is called Zoombombing.

    Several of the Zoombombing videos went viral on the Internet and garnered millions of views on YouTube. Most of them included mischievous students showing up uninvited on Zoom calls and distracting the students and teachers.

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    Anti-Buddies
    6/12

    Anti-Buddies

    Covid-19 antibodies are the need of the hour. When the novel coronavirus enters our body, our immune system produces antibodies in response to fight the virus.

    However, anti-buddies are two friends who have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies and can hence hang out together.

    Talk about friendship that can transcend the boundaries of quarantine!

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    Quaranteams
    7/12

    Quaranteams

    Self-isolation and quarantine can be lonely and take a toll on your mental health. But that is when quaranteams come to the rescue. Quaranteams are a group of Covid-free neighbours who come together to create ‘pods’ and spend some quality time with each other.

    So, in case you want some company, call up your neighbours and form quaranteams!

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    Maskne
    8/12

    Maskne

    Wearing masks can be quite challenging but what happens when you have a breakout of acne underneath your mask? This is called maskne.

    Full of itchy discomfort and redness of the skin, acne under the mask can be quite a pain to deal with.

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    Mask-shaming
    9/12

    Mask-shaming

    Angry looks, nasty comments and blatant call-outs are some of the many things you are likely to be subjected to if you do not wear masks.

    Mask-shaming is meant to call out those who enter close proximity to others and don’t wear a mask.

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    Super-spreader
    10/12

    Super-spreader

    A super-spreader is an event in which a person, who is corona-positive, intentionally or unintentionally, puts a large crowd of people at risk of contracting the virus by interacting with them in close proximity.

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    Virtual Happy Hour
    11/12

    Virtual Happy Hour

    With social distancing becoming the norm, gone are the days when we used to go club hopping with our co-workers after a taxing day at work.

    However, if you still wish to bond with your colleagues over drinks, you can always have a virtual happy hour on Zoom with them, instead of an in-person happy hour.

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    Coronacation
    12/12

    Coronacation

    Gone are the days when employees craved for a staycation. A coronacation is when you get paid not to go to work and have lots of extra time at your disposal.

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