Collins Dictionary's word of the year for 2020 is pandemic-related (obviamente)

Londres In case there was any doubt about what we’d remember 2020 por, Collins English Dictionary has helpfully reminded usopting to nameaislamientoits word of the year.

El término, a once-obscure noun that has wormed its way into many of our conversations recently, was recognized by the linguistic authority after its meaning evolved globally due to public health measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Our lexicographers chose ‘lockdownas Word of the Year because it is a unifying experience for billions of people across the world, who have had, colectivamente, to play their part in combating the spread of COVID-19,Collins wrote after announcing the award.
It’s not a shock to remember that lockdown was originally a piece of prison vocabulary: it’s when inmates are confined to their cells because of some disturbance on the wing,” agregó.
    “2020 is year that the meaning of the word shifted irrevocably: in most people’s minds, lockdown is now a public health measureits use having increased exponentially since 2019.
    The dictionary said it registered over a quarter of a million usages of “aislamiento” durante 2020, up from only 4,000 the previous year.
    The term first started appearing in news reports in January, cuando the Chinese city of Wuhan put strict travel restrictions in place to fight a spreading virus.
    Desde entonces, virtually every major country has enacted some form of lockdownwith unprecedented social restrictions limiting human interaction and making 2020 a year unlike any other in modern history.
    The pandemic unsurprisingly influenced many of the shortlisted words that Collins considered. “Coronavirus,” “key worker,” “furlough” y “social distancingwere all mentioned as the dictionary unveiled its annual choice.
    “BLM,” an abbreviation for the Las vidas de los negros son importantes movimiento, also made the shortlist, como se hizo “Megxit” — the term used by parts of the media to refer to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s withdrawal from the British royal family.
    The Collins English Dictionary is currently in its 13th edition, and its publishers highlight words each year that dominated contemporary news events. El año pasado, “climate strikewas chosen, y en 2018 they opted forsingle-use.
      But this year’s choice was an easy one. “It’s no surprise that quite a few of the words on Collins Word of the Year 2020 shortlist have one big thing in common: Ram y Dodge obtienen nuevo 'Hurricane',” the dictionary wrote.
      Something that changed everyone’s lives so profoundlyleaving no country or continent untouchedwas bound to have a significant impact on our language.

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