The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a new wave of ‘coronaspeak’ made up of novel slang words.
Researchers at King’s College London have collated the new slang terms, which are a product of the unprecedented situation people across the globe have found themselves in.
New Covid-19-related words include ‘Miley Cyrus’ for coronavirus and ‘sanny’ for hand sanitizer
New Covid-19-related words include ‘Miley Cyrus’ for coronavirus and ‘sanny’ for hand sanitizer.
Others include ‘Covidiot’, referring to someone who is flouting lockdown or failing to follow social distancing rules, and ‘Iso’, the Australian abbreviation for ‘self-isolation’.
Tony Thorne of King’s College London’s Modern Language Centre told the Sun: ‘We are having to come to terms with unfamiliar medical and scientific terminology.
The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a new wave of ‘coronaspeak’ made up of novel slang words
‘Coronaspeak can help the public make sense of the crisis but may also increase levels of stress and confusion if people can’t keep up.’
He continued: ‘In China, Covid-19 led to a whole new specialisation devoted to making language services part of the emergency response.
‘This underlines the need for linguists to participate in fighting Covid-19 to prevent and control miscommunication.’
Coronavirus slang words
Coronacation – forced time off work due to the virus
Coronalusional – having delusional or strange thoughts due to pandemic
Covidiot – someone disobeying lockdown or self-isolation rules
Covid-19(lbs) – weight gained during lockdown
Corona Bae – the partner you are quarantining with
Drivecation – holiday in parked motorhome
Hamsterkaufing– stockpiling food like a hamster (German)
Iso – isolation (Australian)
Isobar – fridge well-stocked with alcohol to get through the pandemic
Isodesk – home workplace
Miley Cyrus – coronavirus
Morona – person behaving moronically during the pandemic
Post-rona – when the pandemic is over
The rona – another word for coronavirus (Australian)
Quarantine and chill – chilling at home during the pandemic