New words and phrases

2020 has been very different for us all,not least using new words and phrases that in 2019 would have raised the question of their meaning. They are now in daily use but will they still be around this time next year. A few to start with:
Lock down
Social distancing
Air bridge
Barnard Castle
And the very latest one: Support Bubble
Not forgetting one from last year: Prorogation.
Over to you!

A particular dislike of mine is “going forward.”
But, going forward, it seems that social distancing is beginning to give way to social disco dancing.
I have already mentioned elsewhere that Barnard Castle is an obvious candidate for a place in rhyming slang.
Finally, “I think it’s very important,” has become the accepted introduction to some convoluted explanation of why nothing will be done about it.

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Furlough isn’t new though is it. Nor prorogation. Nor is air bridge, just the significance has shifted.


To bubble (as in (“who are you going to bubble with”) makes me laugh, reminds me of hubble bubble cafés…

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I like Skypéro/ing.

I like this one…


The COVID daily briefing brought us at least one “ that is a very good question” from whomever was/is hosting.
Knowing that all the questions have been vetted prior to the broadcast


Didnt Ms Patel use the word twelvety? That’s a new one to me.

‘Following the science’
Guardian headlines in the form … as … where the dots are phrases that are not related, as in - ‘Markets fall over fears of long US recovery as Brazil cases top 800,000’
‘As it happened’

Good example in today’s Guardian - “Covid-19 fears for Trump rally as São Paulo faces cemetery crisis”

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I thought that the market fell by 7% in the USA because of the sudden leap in infections following the lessening of the restrictions?
I suppose it depends upon what you actually hear.

It makes my lip curl too, Mike. It’s a stand-in, a look-at-me cut-out with a space-for-a face hole.
It means “I don’t think I’m very important, I know I’m very important so shut up and be grateful I allow you to hear me”.

And @Peter_Bird… “That’s really an incredibly important question, Sonya of Walsall, and aren’t I the sleaziest, creepyist and arse-lickingist bullshitter you ever wanted to spill your guts onto his shoes…?” :hugs:

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I mean frequent headlines in the style, “Jane Posts on forum as Luxembourg sees record rainfall”, implying that there’s a connection between the two events, which there isn’t.

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“That’s really an incredibly important question” and here’s an unlikely answer I made up earlier…


Hmmm, normally it’s
"That’s  an incredibly important question”

Followed by either:
a) An answer to a completely different question


b) Five minutes of waffle which answers no useful question at all.

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One new phrase … {insert family member, colleague or friend name} … “YOU’RE ON MUTE”. And one that’s now redundant … “I’m just going to pop to the shop”

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In the example you gave there might be, it depends on the subject. If the article was about Coronavirus in the Americas the title would be fine.

New one I heard today (new to me at least) Brexile!


But if the article is about COVID-19 in general where is the problem?

I give up.

I can see where you’re coming from @Fleur (that’s a late 1980"s bit of corporate management-speak, Peat-Marwick IIRC :sleeping:) but don’t be discouraged: it was a great thread. Even if not everybody cottons on… :wink:

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