"Lockdown" Named Word of the Year By Collins Dictionary


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(The Guardian) Lockdown, the noun that has come to define so many lives across the world in 2020, has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary.

Lockdown is defined by Collins as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces”, and its usage has boomed over the last year. The 4.5bn-word Collins Corpus, which contains written material from websites, books and newspapers, as well as spoken material from radio, television and conversations, registered a 6,000% increase in its usage. In 2019, there were 4,000 recorded instances of lockdown being used. In 2020, this had soared to more than a quarter of a million.
-Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/lockdown-named-word-of-the-year-by-collins-dictionary


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Of course it was the Guardian ... I'll go along with Digby (Lord) Jones' choice and snollygoster; One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles. Trump and Johnson come immediately to my mind ;)