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Word Of The Year 2020: “Pandemic”

Word Of The Year 2020 – The phrase “Pandemic” is named as the “Word Of The Year” according to “Merriam-Webster”.

Word Of The Year 2020: "Pandemic
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On 29th November, Monday, Merriam-Webster announced: “Sometimes a single word defines an era, and it’s fitting that in this exceptional — and exceptionally difficult — year, a single word came immediately to the fore as we examined the data that determines what our Word of the Year will be.”

The publication company responded that the word came on the same day when the first patient of COVID-19 was found, on 3rd February, and it got a big spike.

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As compared to the year before, the same word results were compared, it was 1,621% more.

The publishing company said: “People were clearly paying attention to the news and to early descriptions of the nature of this disease.”

“That initial February spike in lookups didn’t fall off — it grew. By early March, the word was being looked up an average of 4,000% over 2019 levels. As news coverage continued, alarm among the public was rising.”

Word Of The Year 2020: "Pandemic"

The increase was 115,806% higher from the day of the same date from 2019.

Merriam-Webster defined “Pandemic” as “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affects a significant proportion of the population.”

“This has been a year unlike any other and pandemic is the word that has connected the worldwide medical emergency to the political response and to our personal experience of it all.”

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