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In honor of Dictionary Day, here are notable new words coined the year you were born

  • 2020: COVID-19, social distancing, contact tracing

    Around two dozen new words added to the dictionary in 2020 have to do with the novel coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world. Definitions for COVID-19 (the abbreviated form of the novel coronavirus 2019), terms we’ve all grown familiar with like social distancing, and contact tracing—the method being used for tracking the spread of the virus—were among the words added.

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