Grammar

10 COVID-19 Words and Phrases You’ve Probably Used

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The coronavirus pandemic introduced several new options to our vocabulary. I bet you use some of these new COVID-19 words and phrases, too!

Don’t get me wrong. You will find plenty of legitimate words that it’s important you know.

But let’s visit the lighter side for a few moments, shall we?

You will find some of these new COVID-19 words and phrases right here on this blog. Yes, I’ve used several of them. (And one on this list remains my favorite.)

I’d love to know how many of these you’ve used in the past six months or so!

1. The Covid 19

No, we’re not talking about the illness. Remember the “freshman 15”? That’s those 15 extra pounds new college students magically put on during their first year in the dorm.

The Covid 19 refers to the nearly 20 pounds many added to their bellies with all those DoorDash orders while they worked from home.

2. Doomscrolling

Someone coined this word to refer to the practice of scrolling through news feeds for any new word on the pandemic. Sometimes, it is OK to put down the phone.

3. Covideo Party

I attended one of these. Picture a Zoom meeting (or similar video chat) with a group of friends. Since people aren’t supposed to gather together, this is the high-tech equivalent. The Covideo party I joined was a reunion of former co-workers. I hadn’t seen some of them in 20 years. It was great to be able to chat…even if it was a very odd time in which to do so.

4. WFH

The internet wouldn’t be the internet without abbreviations, right? This one means something many of us did at some point over the past few months. Some of us may still be doing it: Working from home.

5. Covidiot

I love this word. It expresses so much in so small a space. These are the folks who refuse to take simple, proven precautions. Honestly, if they spent as much effort in following guidelines as they did looking for excuses not to, this pandemic might have slowed a long time ago.

6. Moronavirus

If you call someone a moronavirus, you’re essentially calling them a covidiot. But somehow, this one doesn’t have quite the same level of magic.

7. Quarantini

Well, when you can’t leave the house, sooner or later, you decide that you’re going to have yourself a little cocktail. Thus, the birth of the quarantini. There’s also the coronarita.

8. Zumping

I hope you’re never a victim of this. This word combines getting dumped with Zoom. It refers to breaking up with your former loved one by video chat rather than in person.

9. Covexit

You surely spotted the obvious play on the British-coined Brexit. This refers to exiting a COVID-19 quarantine period.

10. COVID-38

This refers, according to the Urban Dictionary, someone unlucky enough to catch COVID-19 twice. I’d think once is clearly enough!


You tell me: which one is your favorite on the list?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.