Here are the Top 10, 2020 English Buzzwords

Here are the Top 10, 2020 English Buzzwords

2020, a year that most of us would prefer to forget. But, it did bring us a new vocabulary. Buzzwords are turms often given to words or expressions that are used widely. In this post, the top 10 English Buzzwords have been listed noting their extensive uses in 2020.

1 Infodemic

The term was coined way back in 2003 in relation to the flood of information accompanying the SARS outbreak. It means- when an excessive amount of information is received about a problem, which is often incorrect.

The government has to keep the infodemic in check for the interest of the general public.

2 Quarantine

Today Quarantine seems inextricably linked to the coronavirus. But the 2020 buzzword was first time used 15 years ago. Here is the definition of quarantine from the Oxford Dictionary. “A period of time when an animal or a person that has or may have a disease is kept away from others in order to prevent the disease from spreading”.

John was kept in quarantine for 2 weeks as he had early symptoms of Covid-19.

3 The new normal

This phrase is catching on & is being used widely. It refers to the changes caused due to Covid 19 lockdown & various other measures that have been taken in this regard.

4 Freegan

A person who only eats food that they can get for free and that would usually be thrown out or wasted.

The word was added in the Oxford Dictionary in 2015. But the concept grew in 2020.

5 Screen time

This is an old word with a new meaning. It used to refer to the amount of airtime an actor received on TV, now the amount of time someone spends looking at an electronic device with a screen.

My screen time went up during the lockdown.

6 Child-free

It refers to people who choose not to have children.

The word childless was criticized for sounding too negative. So for people who decide to not have children may feel more empowered with the term “Child-free”.

Nowadays, many couples prefer to live child-free.

7 Lockdown

We can’t get through this list without this word. A noun made from the two words – lock & down. That summarised the changes to the world’s way of life for most & for many people all of 2020.

8 Nomophobia

The abbreviated term for “No mobile phone” was coined way back in 2008. In the result of a 2008 UK post office study. But it has got popularity in 2020.

According to the Oxford Dictionary – fear or worry at the idea of being without your phone or unable to use it.

Nomophobia is a rising trend among high school & college students.

9 Stan

According to Cambridge Dictionary: to greatly admire a singer or other famous person to an extent that is unusual.

What would make you stop stanning an idol?

10 Seaganism

It’s vegan diet that includes sustabiable fish & seafood.

The buzzword was coined in 2016 by the US food writers.

Seaganism, seaweed, and celery juice, have been touted as the newest food trends alongside a move to a ‘simpler’ life of home cooking and less materialism.’

You can also check buzzwords of 2019 & 2018.