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WRITTEN BY NANCY A SHENKER DESIGNED BY HANNAH NABBOUT
www.theonswitch.com www.hannahnabbout.com
Every era of change and crisis gives way to a whole new vocabulary.
Here are 14 words and definitions that didn’t exist until about 30 days ago.
The COVIDictionary
Elbow Bump
No more hugs, high-fives, or handshakes
for a while. This greeting was actually
invented to avoid leprosy.
Furloughing
Previously called “downsizing” or “letting
go,” it simply means firing someone with
the promise that they may return.
Home-
Schooling
Parents everywhere are developing a new
appreciation for how hard teachers’ jobs
really are. Overnight, moms and dads have
become educators, principals, gym and art
teachers, and guidance counselors.
New Normal
Let’s face it. This isn’t really “normal.” But
it’s the reality. Stay safe, cut unnecessary
expenses, and be kind.
Self-Quarantine
Being a shut-in is
now a reality.
Millions of people
are finding new
hobbies, recipes, and
homeschooling tips.
WFH
Not to be confused with WTF, it stands for
Work From Home. Remote employment is
the new normal.
Face Mask
A necessity
for health care
professionals, it has
become this year’s most
popular fashion accessory,
along with latex gloves.
Hand Sanitizer &
Toilet Paper
Most of us used them (hopefully)
but they are now hot
commodities. Hoarding
is not cool.
Hunker-Down
A phrase coined by the Scots in the 18th
century, it technically means squatting on
your haunches. Although that might still be
a good move to strengthen your glutes and
core, it now refers to self-quarantining and
preparing for a long stretch of avoiding the
virus. Please don’t hoard when you hunker.
Quarantini
The cocktail of choice
for isolated drinkers.
Recipes abound
these days.
Shelter-in-Place
A euphemism for “I’m bored as hell and
my family is really getting on my nerves.”
Also an excuse to eat lots of carbs,
stop exercising, live in your pajamas,
and binge-watch Netflix if you’re not
careful. The “Quarantine 15” is a real
thing, so get off that couch!
Take-Out
It’s not a new
concept, but
it’s how we
can all support
restaurants and
indulge in comforting
and convenient food.
Be careful during hand-
off. Wash your hands for
20 seconds after you tip
that food delivery guy.
Zoom
Video chats are all the
rage. You don’t even
need to wear pants.
And personalizing
your backdrop
can be fun and
engaging.
Social Distancing
Stand six feet apart so you
don’t wind up six feet under.

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Covidictionary

  • 1. WRITTEN BY NANCY A SHENKER DESIGNED BY HANNAH NABBOUT www.theonswitch.com www.hannahnabbout.com Every era of change and crisis gives way to a whole new vocabulary. Here are 14 words and definitions that didn’t exist until about 30 days ago. The COVIDictionary Elbow Bump No more hugs, high-fives, or handshakes for a while. This greeting was actually invented to avoid leprosy. Furloughing Previously called “downsizing” or “letting go,” it simply means firing someone with the promise that they may return. Home- Schooling Parents everywhere are developing a new appreciation for how hard teachers’ jobs really are. Overnight, moms and dads have become educators, principals, gym and art teachers, and guidance counselors. New Normal Let’s face it. This isn’t really “normal.” But it’s the reality. Stay safe, cut unnecessary expenses, and be kind. Self-Quarantine Being a shut-in is now a reality. Millions of people are finding new hobbies, recipes, and homeschooling tips. WFH Not to be confused with WTF, it stands for Work From Home. Remote employment is the new normal. Face Mask A necessity for health care professionals, it has become this year’s most popular fashion accessory, along with latex gloves. Hand Sanitizer & Toilet Paper Most of us used them (hopefully) but they are now hot commodities. Hoarding is not cool. Hunker-Down A phrase coined by the Scots in the 18th century, it technically means squatting on your haunches. Although that might still be a good move to strengthen your glutes and core, it now refers to self-quarantining and preparing for a long stretch of avoiding the virus. Please don’t hoard when you hunker. Quarantini The cocktail of choice for isolated drinkers. Recipes abound these days. Shelter-in-Place A euphemism for “I’m bored as hell and my family is really getting on my nerves.” Also an excuse to eat lots of carbs, stop exercising, live in your pajamas, and binge-watch Netflix if you’re not careful. The “Quarantine 15” is a real thing, so get off that couch! Take-Out It’s not a new concept, but it’s how we can all support restaurants and indulge in comforting and convenient food. Be careful during hand- off. Wash your hands for 20 seconds after you tip that food delivery guy. Zoom Video chats are all the rage. You don’t even need to wear pants. And personalizing your backdrop can be fun and engaging. Social Distancing Stand six feet apart so you don’t wind up six feet under.