New words – 4 May 2020

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social bubble noun [C]
UK /ˌsəʊ.ʃᵊl.ˈbʌb.ᵊl/ US /ˌsoʊ.ʃᵊl.ˈbʌb.ᵊl/
a small group of family and friends who are permitted to see each other as the COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually eased

Under the social bubble proposal, people would be allowed to combine their household with one or two others, up to a maximum of 10 people. A cautious version of the plan would probably mean that the vulnerable such as the over-70s and those with underlying health conditions would be advised to keep isolating and not merge with other households.
[theguardian.com, 29 April 2020]

corona corridor noun [C]
UK /kə.ˌrəʊ.nə.ˈkɒr.ɪ.dɔːʳ/ US /kə.ˌroʊ.nə.ˈkɔːr.ə.dɚ/
an area that people are allowed to travel through to reach a particular destination as the COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually eased

The Czech Republic is easing its strict lockdown after declaring the virus to be “under control”, and its travel associations have now proposed creating a “corona corridor” to allow holidaymakers to reach Croatia. About 800,000 Czechs took holidays in Croatia last year, most of them on the country’s spectacular Adriatic coast and islands.
[irishtimes.com, 23 April 2020]

covexit noun [U]
UK /ˌkəʊ.ˈvek.sɪt/ US /ˌkoʊ.ˈveg.sɪt/
the process of easing the restrictions on public life imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

Nick Jones pointed out that just trying to keep up with the changes and run a business at the same time was challenging enough for most employers. However, with the conversation turning gently towards ‘covexit’, and some on-site work still taking place, it’s not too early for employers to start planning ahead.
[gregglatchams.com, 24 April 2020]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 4 May 2020

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  2. Francine

    “Social Bubble” can be misunderstood.Subliminally, if this term is accepted worldwide, it may lead to confusion. Like, for instance, the relatively new term, “get social”. Even the selection of the picture is giving this impression.

    We should uphold that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is an ‘event’ that can take place between 2 people, then proliferates from that point on. It cannot be ‘contained’ in the public ‘sphere’ (bubble).

    I graduated in Communications from the University of Ottawa. the medium being used to express the term “social Bubble” is enormous, reaching an incredibly large audience. Thus the medium is key to get a message out. Communication guru, Marshall Macluhan, known for his famous reference to “The medium is the message” emphasize this point.

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