Word of the year 2020: Social Distance


The Collins dictionary recently announced that they have chosen the word “Lockdown” for their word of the year. While this is an admirable choice, I have a slightly different opinion. Lockdown, as a term, has been around for a long time, has many alternative meanings and can be used in many different circumstances.

Let’s hop in the time machine and take yourself back to February 2020. It was still cold outside, Blinding Lights by the Weeknd was the only song anyone could dance to on Tiktok and the ”It’s corona time” sound was a really funny joke and not at all a prediction of our very near future. 

The phrase Social Distancing legitimately did not exist, and now it is all anyone can talk about. Think back to the days when you could go over to a friend’s house or go to a restaurant or a basketball game without fear of endangering yourself and those you love around you. 

As humans, we have evolved in such a way that we can adapt to any circumstance that we are put in. One of the reasons throughout history that we have been such a dominant species is exactly that. It really has not been that long, but social distancing now rules our life. 

Unfortunately, this is the situation we find ourselves in and I encourage all of our readers to take social distancing, responsible mask wearing and any other advice from public health seriously as the sooner we all do our part, the sooner this goes away.