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Britains’s departure from the EU gave the world a variety of new terms including “brexiteer,” “remainers” and words such as backstops, no deal, and hard borders meant something more to each of us living through the protracted exit.
Phrases and language that meant something to us for decades now have a completely new meaning:
Contact tracing now has nothing to do with art
Bubbles no longer have to do just with bathtime.
Zoom is no longer just a camera setting
Masks are no longer just for Halloween
Quarantine is no longer just for dogs
Garden parties are no longer just for summer
Lockdown is not only for those in prison
Tiering now has nothing to do with cakes
Super spreader has nothing to do with butter
Nightingale is more than a bird
PPE is now not just a degree from Oxford
A support group is no longer just for alcoholics
The WHO is no longer about the 1960s band
The R rating is no longer just for movies
Flatten the curve is not about your waistline
Social distancing is not just for the unpopular.
Self isolation is a now a new level of loneliness.
To use protection is not just about contraception.
A year ago, we avoided negative people. In 2020 we now stayed away from positive people.
— Published on December 28, 2020