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Words That Define The COVID-19 Pandemic With Grammar Girl

Two people walk past a sign for COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Associated Press

Both Merriam Webster’s and Dictionary.com named “pandemic” their word of the year for 2020.

On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the word fueled Merriam Webster’s single largest spike in dictionary traffic in 2020, an increase of more than 115,806% over searches the same day in 2019.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the words that define our times with Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty.

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