Do you remember a time when “roasting” was simply a cooking method and not dissing another person? Me neither. Not to roast this entire year, but 2020 brought us words and phrases whose default meanings are forever changed.
- Face masks.
Before: moisturizing substance that an aesthetician recommends to improve your skin.
Now: special cloth that prevents the spread of saliva and air particles that could induce illness.
Before: a diagnostic assessment of one’s abilities in a certain field.
Now: the procedure wherein a long cotton swap is pushed up one’s nose to collect mucus samples to detect the presence or absence of COVID-19.
- Test results.
Before: The outcome of a diagnostic assessment.
Now: the outcome of a COVID-19 test.
- Among us.
Before: a prepositional phrase (preposition + first person plural pronoun).
Now: a viral game that connects people across the internet.
Before: a verb describing an entity moving at an extremely fast pace.
Now: The popular software through which online work and online school are being conducted.
Before: good/bad, happy/sad, pro/con, for/against.
Now: one’s results from a COVID-19 test.
Before: a singular situation, briefcase, case study, suitcase.
Now: instances of 2019-nCoV.
Before: related to crowns and other royal things (coronation), brand of beer.
Now: Shorthand for 2019-nCoV, COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.
word collage via Pixabay