Linguistic Reflections of a coronaspeak year

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Well, what a year this has been! A year like no other. Where life and even the way we interact changed.

It is inevitable then that many of our authors blogged about the virus, its impact on not only us, but also our language. As Michael Toolan reflects ‘…as with every new phenomenon with the potential to turn our world upside down, our first response, immediate and intimate but with potential to go global, is in our language.’

Words such as lockdown, quarantine (Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the year 2020) and ‘the rona’ have all made their way into every day vocabulary.

As David Crystal reflected, ‘the majority of the neologisms are blends – the combination of parts . . . → Read More: Linguistic Reflections of a coronaspeak year