The COVID – 19 Language

Just have a good look at the news we hear, people we speak to and messages we read….we come across some very interesting words and phrases:

Co-vivid Phrases: Use of hitherto lesser known words and phrases, that too quite frequently, such as ‘Lockdown’, ‘Social Distancing’, ‘Flattening the curve’, ‘Quarantine’, ‘Hydroxychloroquine’, ‘Distance Learning / Online Classes’, ‘Pandemic’ and WFH (Work from Home)!

The Spell Bee: We are now so familiar with some of them that we can spell ‘Quarantine’ in a jiffy! We can even spell ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ without any difficulty!

Same Words but ‘New’ Meaning: Some words have assumed new meaning (and opposite of its original meaning!): ‘He is now positive and keep away from him!’ Earlier, we were advised to surround ourselves with positive people!

Unprecedented: Some other words which we often come across are “Unprecedented’ and ‘Crisis’. Many a times these two words are used together!

Risky Words: Guys and gals in Finance and Risk management are frequently churning out words and phrases such as ‘Fiscal Measures’, ‘Monetary Measures’ (Often without realizing the difference between them), BCP (Business Continuity Plan), ‘Deferment’, ‘Zero Cost Repos’ etc.

Beyond Zero: And the world now has moved beyond ‘Zero’ – it is now negative! Negative Interest Rates and Negative prices of Oil Futures!

A brand new Phrase: It was interesting to come across one more phrase ‘ Pandemic Paralysis’ which is the shortcomings of regulators and administration in providing quick responses to emerging challenges!

A matter of envy: These days I am envious of people who have shining baldpates! Earlier I was proud of all the hairs on my crown! With all the Barber Shops shuttered, I wonder whether guys prefer having a ‘hair cut’ at home administered by wife as ‘Wife-cut’ or rather do hara-kiri with ‘Self-cut’! The ‘Kesh’ Management is proving to be a challenge, just like cash Management!

Hot Spots: ‘Self-cooking’ is; perhaps, more inconvenient than ‘Self-cut’ and many of my friends in Doha, Qatar have no option but to enter their kitchen / pantry (which were avoided like ‘Hot Spots’ until now) and try to conjure up something edible! They have found out that sometimes ‘things fail to fail’ and they have something tasty to eat!

Quotes, now back in circulation: Then, there are some forgotten quotes which came back into circulation like “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”‬ ‪- by Vladimir Lenin‬!‬‬‬


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