Lockdown, the noun which has defined so many lives across the globe in 2020, has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary.
Lockdown is defines by Collins as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction and access to public spaces“, and its usage has rocketed over the year. The 4.5 billion word Collins Corpus, which contains written material from websites, books and newspapers, as well as spoken material from radio, television and conversations, registered a 6,000% increase in its usage.In 2019, there were 4,000 recorded instances of lockdown being used.
“Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic,” says Collins language content consultant Helen Newstead. “We have chosen lockdown as our word of the year because it encapsulates the shared experience of billions of people who have had to restrict their daily lives in order to contain the virus. Lockdown has affected the way we work, study, shop and socialize. With many countries entering a second lockdown, it is not a word of the year to celebrate but it is, perhaps, one that sums up the year for most of the world.“
Collins Dictionary top 10 words of 2020 – Coronavirus, Furlough, Key worker, Lockdown, Megxit, Mukbang, Self-isolate, Social distancing, TikToker.