Via NY Post:
n this singularly extraordinary year, writers of the Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t choose just one word to define 2020.
The language company broke with their annual tradition of picking one word to sum up the year — “toxic” and “youthquake” have taken the cake in years past. But this year was different.
“It quickly became apparent that 2020 is not a year that could neatly be accommodated in one single ‘word of the year,’ ” said the OED in their new report, “Words of an Unprecedented Year” — a title which itself contains one of the most uttered adjectives during the past 12 months.
“What was genuinely unprecedented this year was the hyper-speed at which the English-speaking world amassed a new collective vocabulary relating to the coronavirus, and how quickly it became, in many instances, a core part of the language,” the report reads.