New vocabulary introduced since beginning of pandemic

Margaret Mateya, Staff Writer

Since the start of COVID-19 in early 2020, a plethora of vocabulary words have found their place in the new decade. This includes new variations, new distinctions, and even new slang.

Words such as “quarantine” and “pandemic” were already widely known, but have been used in sentences more frequently over the past two years due to COVID-19.

New words, however, include the usage of “social distancing,” “key workers,” and “community spread.”

Scientific jargon has spread widely since the start of 2020 and shows no sign of slowing down. “Variants” have been slotted into people’s minds due to several new strands of COVID, such as Delta and Omicron. “Lockdown”, “contact tracing”, and “self-isolation” have been popularized in today’s day and age.

The new vocabulary suggests a new trend, and the discontinuation of these words is a long way off.