Category Archives

Archive of posts published in the category: Words in the News
Apr
20

“Patient zero” and “Contact tracing”

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.) According to Helen Jenkens, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Public Health,  “The concept…

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…

Apr
16

“Social Distancing” or “Distant Socializing”?

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.) In this mixed up time of the Corvid-19, two meanings have been attached to the term “social distance”. The…