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Covidivorces, quaranteens and coronials: Why coronavirus puns and neologisms are going viral

New words to depict a Covid-19-struck world are becoming a quarantrend.

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Last Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 08.28 AM IST
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Since the most common consequence of the spread of Covid-19 is quarantine, puns on that word are predictably prolific.
Since the most common consequence of the spread of Covid-19 is quarantine, puns on that word are predictably prolific.
With so many people homebound worldwide with idle minds and handy keypads, an expanding list of Covid-19-inspired neologisms is inevitable. As chances of hookups (call them Covidalliances) during lockdowns are as likely as Covidivorces, it is not surprising that after the expected baby boom in late 2020 spilling into 2021, those who will be stepping into teenage in 2033-34 are already being dubbed Quaranteens.

The question, of course, that arises is what this generation will be called, considering the letters X (post-Baby Boomers), Y (Millennials) and Z (post-Millennials) are already taken. The obvious one is Coronials — if not Covidials — though nitpickers may insist either would be just a subset of Generation Alpha, the current name for children of Millennials.

Since the most common consequence of the spread of Covid-19 is quarantine, puns on that word are predictably prolific. From quarantech (apps and gadgets that help while away time indoors) and quarantrends (fashion, food and lifestyle quarantips for those at home) to quarantees (promises by governments and companies to people to tide over quarantough times) and quarantrolls (who take to social media to vent spleen about their incarceration), we are living in very challenging quarantimes indeed. No wonder the popularity of quarantinis and other quarantipples are rising.

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