After Boomers, Gen X, Gen Z and Millennials, there is now a new name for babies born during the coronavirus pandemic.
The word was listed under a number of new or more important phrases picked up from the Cambridge Dictionary.
New words include Lockstalgia – a look back at the first national lockdown – and Quaranteen – a teenager during the outbreak.
Babies born during this period are called coronnials, according to the dictionary.
The Cambridge Dictionary released its word of the year 2020 as “quarantine” after taking on a new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The editors said that quarantine was the third most looked-up word overall that year – and that if you include words that return most years with “hello” in the first year and “dictionary” in the second year, except for words that return most years Be careful.
It displaced other finalist words such as “pandemic” and “blocking”, which were also among the most searched for between January and the end of October this year.
There was a surge in quarantine searches in the week of March 18-24 as restrictions were introduced in many countries due to Covid-19.
The editors kept track of users using the word quarantine, so they added an extra meaning to the dictionary.
This is: “A general period of time when people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely lest they get or spread disease.”
It marks a shift in existing meanings relating to the inclusion of a person or animal suspected of being contagious.
Research has shown that the word is used synonymously with lockdown, particularly in the US, to indicate a situation where people stay at home to avoid getting the disease.
Wendalyn Nichols, Cambridge Dictionary Publishing Director, said, “The words people search for reveal not only what is happening in the world, but what is most important to them in relation to those events.
“Coronavirus and Covid-19 did not appear among the words that users of the Cambridge Dictionary searched for the most this year.
“We believe this suggests that people have been pretty confident about what the virus is.
“Instead, users searched for words related to the social and economic impact of the pandemic. This is evident not only in the quarantine, but also in the two runners-up on the shortlist for the word of the year: “Lockdown” and “Lockdown”. Pandemic ‘itself. “
This year several new words related to the pandemic have been added to the dictionary, including “Covid-19”.
Others are “HyFlex”, short for Hybrid Flexible and denote a type of class in which some students are physically present in class and others join the same class remotely at the same time over the Internet.
“Elbow Bump,” a friendly greeting where people touch their elbows, and “Social Distancing,” to describe the practice of staying away from others to stop the spread of disease, were also added.
The editors asked readers in a survey if they thought a list of other new words should be added to the dictionary.
Many are Portmanteau words that combine the first part of one word with the second part of another and read as follows:
– Quarantine: A group of people who go into quarantine together
– Lure Stalgia: A sense of nostalgia for the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown
– Guarantee: A teenager at the time of the Covid-19 lockdown
– Coronnial: Someone born at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic
It is believed that the usage of these words will be volatile and none of them have been added to the dictionary at this point.