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Archive of posts published in the category: About This Word
Jul
18

ATW: “Community Spread”

Learning the vocabulary of Covid-19 is a collective vocabulary lesson.   Our ATW posts are reports about words we encounter in the media. We hope to help with learning these words – helping us with the process of responding to the coronavirus, and also…

Apr
20

“Patient zero” and “Contact tracing”

About this Word According to Helen Jenkens, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Public Health,  “The concept of ‘patient zero’ is highly stigmatizing and often wrong anyway. No single person should be ‘blamed’ for starting an outbreak.”  She continues:…

Apr
19

“Essential” – Workers, Services and Businesses, Part 2

About this Word – in dictionaries. (Please share your love of language, with the social share buttons below; or with the feedback form at the bottom of the article.) Dictionaries traditionally provide abstract, skeletal definitions which avoid the practical questions of how to…

Apr
18

“Essential” – Workers, Services and Businesses, Part 1

About this Word … (Please share your love of language, with the social share buttons below, or with the feedback form at the bottom of the article.) The regular mention of “essential workers”, “essential services” and “essential businesses” only began a few weeks…

Apr
17

Creating the living vocabulary of our time – Part 2

About This Word – an introduction to this feature in the Wordsmyth Blog …(Please share your love of language, with the social share buttons below, or with the feedback form at the bottom of the article.) In Part I of this introduction, we…