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Consider This Boston: Fast-Tracked Dictionary Updates Keep Pace With Our Pandemic Lives10:22


"COVID-19" set the record for word coinage to inclusion in a dictionary in English: thirty-four days. Dictionaries also fast tracked words that were on their way to inclusion - like “super-spreader” and “self-quarantine.” And they updated a handful of definitions as well, including "bubble" and "lockdown." WBUR's Paris Alston asks GBH’s Edgar B. Herwick III to spell it out.

This segment aired on March 12, 2021.

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