‘Pandemic’ most popular word of 2020: Merriam- Webster

‘Pandemic’ has been declared as the most popular word of 2020 by Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com.

 ‘Pandemic’ has been declared as the most popular word of 2020 by Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com.

Merriam-Webster’s editor, Peter Sokolowski, told The Associated Press, “This is probably not a big surprise. He said that often big news has a technical term associated with it and in this case, the term pandemic is not only technical but has become common.”

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, the term pandemic became the most searched for the site. Sokolowski said the term had been the most popular on the site throughout the year.

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This is probably the word through which we will refer to this period in the future. The term began to be widely used worldwide since March when the Covid-19 outbreak was declared an epidemic, but it began trending on Merriam-Webster.com since early January when the outbreak on cruise ships Spread and killed the first American person.

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