The Cambridge dictionary has named “quarantine” as the word of the year 2020.
The word was named word of the year based on data showing it was one of the most searched words in the Cambridge dictionary this year.
âQuarantine was the only word to rank in the top five for search peaks and overall views (over 183,000 at the start of November), with the largest search peak (28,545) observed during the week of March 18-24, when many countries around the world went into lockdown as a result of Covid-19, âaccording to an official statement.
Cambridge editors noted that people are using the word in a new way this year, describing a “general period when people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely, so as not to catch or spread disease “.
âResearch shows that the word is used synonymously with lockdown, particularly in the United States, to refer to a situation where people stay at home to avoid catching the disease,â he said.
This new meaning of quarantine has now been added to the Cambridge Dictionary.
Existing meanings of the word include: “a specific period of time during which a person or animal who has a disease, or may have one, must stay or be kept away from others in order to prevent the spread of the disease. sickness.
Wendalyn Nichols, Cambridge Dictionary Publishing Manager, said: âThe words people search reveal not only what is going on in the world, but what matters most to them about those events.
âNeither coronavirus nor Covid-19 were among the words Cambridge dictionary users searched the most this year. We think this indicates that people are quite confident about the nature of the virus. Instead, users searched for words related to the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, as evidenced not only by the Quarantine, but also the two Word of the Year shortlist finalists: Lockdown and Pandemic Itself. same, âadded Nichols. .
Interestingly, âLockdownâ was named Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year earlier this month.
âOur lexicographers have chosen ‘confinement’ as the word of the year because it is a unifying experience for billions of people around the world, who have had, collectively, to play their role in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. Collins recorded more than a quarter of a million âlockdownâ uses in 2020, down from just 4,000 the year before, âhe said.
Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary was unable to pick a word to sum up 2020. It then released a word-tagging report that sums up everything that has happened that year, including Cvid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“2020 is not a year that could be perfectly suited to a single ‘word of the year’, so we decided to report in more detail on the phenomenal scale of change and development of the language during the course. of the year in our report Words of an unprecedented year, “he had said.