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Words That Define The COVID-19 Pandemic With Grammar Girl

Two people walk past a sign for COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak
Associated Press

Both Merriam Webster’s and Dictionary.com named “pandemic” their word of the year for 2020.

On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the word fueled Merriam Webster’s single largest spike in dictionary traffic in 2020, an increase of more than 115,806% over searches the same day in 2019.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the words that define our times with Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty.


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