It’s no surprise that Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2020 has to do with COVID-19. Their chosen word: is “lockdown.”
No surprise, but according to the New York Post, many other pandemic related words were close behind, including coronavirus, which registered a 35,000-fold increase in use over the previous year. Other words on the UK-based dictionary list include self-isolation, key workers, social distancing, and furlough.
Collins Dictionary describes lockdown as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces.”
Last year, the word of the year was “climate strike.”