Oxford dictionary updated due to coronavirus

Vocabulary Oxford dictionary revised to include neologisms formed on the background of the outbreak of coronavirus infection in the world.

In the largest dictionary of the English language emerged the concept of “social distance”, “self-isolation” and the abbreviation WFH (work from home – “work from home”), writes The Guardian.

COVID-19, in turn, is defined in the dictionary as “an acute respiratory disease in humans caused by a coronavirus that can lead to serious conditions and even death, especially in the elderly and in people with concomitant diseases”.

Lexicographers note that coronavirus, or COVID-19, is currently the most used word. In December, the most often heard word “Brexit” and “impeachment”, and in January – the Koala, bushfire (destructive forest fires), “Iraqi”, “locusts” and “murder”.

Recall that the word for the 2019 version of the Oxford English dictionary became the phrase climate emergency, then there is a “climate emergency situation”.

And in March in the English dictionary slang Urban Dictionary has a term for those who do not comply with precautions in connection with coronavirus infection in the world, and those who panic because of the epidemic. This word covidiot (the”comedit”), formed by the merger of the name of the disease COVID-19 and the word “idiot”.