Here's your "lexicon" for the new coronavirus world...

Our world is changing, and with it, so is our language. As with every tumultuous event, especially one of this magnitude, we discover and re-define words for the new season. Here are a few words and phrases for our new world:

  • Prepping for shutdown —hoarding toilet paper
  • Hoarding toilet paper —  buying toilet paper at Sam's or Costco.
  • Purell — one of two life essentials (along with toilet paper)
  • Self-quarantining — staying home when you're sick
  • Social distancing — positive term that helps normalize our technology-induced isolation
  • Staying home — even more binging, streaming and gaming
  • e-learning — skipping school
  • CDC's extensive prevention measures — doing what mom said: wash your hands, cover your mouth and stay home when sick
  • Flattening the curve — what our collective shut down efforts are doing; tacit admission that we can’t really stop a virus. 
  • Saying “Wuhan” or “Chinese” coronavirus — xenophobia
  • Handshake — sign of social and societal insensitivity
  • Fist bump — O.K. but questionable
  • Elbow touch — preferred over fist bump but better to just maintain proper social distance. 
  • Not assembling together — new highest moral civic duty
  • Best coronavirus joke — (never mind, you won't get it)
  • Suggesting that data indicates we may be overreacting — forbidden

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  • Michelle Schmitt
    commented 2020-03-18 20:00:30 -0400
    Steve, I’m with you! This hysteria is spawned from the Gobbelistic media! They habitually deceive and yet, too many people fall for this. More people die from the flu but there’s no hysteria over that! And selfish? You got that right! It’s disgusting to go to the store (when I’m out of something) and can’t even buy it! Hoarders are everywhere! And I too am sick of hearing about the coronavirus. They (the media) act like it’s the only disease that ever exists! SMH!
  • Jack Heilman
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  • Trevor Dupuy
    commented 2020-03-18 17:59:34 -0400
    Govt can provide essential liquidity w zero interest loans and rehiring tax credits to businesses shut down by the Wuhan Virus health crisis due to China’s irresponsible behavior. There should be no government giveaways beyond temporary normal welfare benefits to those losing their jobs/income.
  • Steve Spudich
    commented 2020-03-18 13:14:38 -0400
    Let’s start off with the best coronavirus joke. Actually this isn’t really a joke, it’s too damn pitiful to be a joke. I’m talking about the ignorant, self centered, I don’t really give a damn about anybody but me American people that are doing all the hoarding. What happens when someone really has a need for something these SOB’S are stocking up on? What are they supposed to do? How big of an idiot do you have to be to hoard toilet paper? Instead of all this BS your hearing day after day after day, try something really simple, like putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord. He will see us through this as He has with everything else. The second is common sense and the wisdom to use it. I could continue with this but I have said enough. I am sick and tired of hearing about coronavirus 24 seven while everything else in this country is going to hell. Wake up people and try using some of the intelligence you claim to have.