Author: Peter Medawar

The pandemic has been horrible for a lot of people, but it also generated a wealth of funny videos, cartoons and new words. A ‘portmanteau’ combines two existing words to make a new one, such as ‘podcast’ [iPod + broadcast]; over the past year I came up with ‘Angstipation, ‘Cobo’ and ‘Coveat’, as well as ‘Mea Covid’. Many other words evolved online, on sites such as Urban Dictionary. Cobo At the height of restrictions, lonely people sat in the streets, eating off paper plates, swigging cans of beer and belching at other ‘Covid Hobos’. Grown men chatted illegally behind bushes,…

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