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'Pandemic' is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2020

Nov 30, 2020 15:03 IST

Merriam-Webster chose 'Pandemic' as its Word of the Year for 2020 and it comes as no shock.

The word rose to popularity in March when the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, but was trending in January and February too on Merrian's website when US deaths and cases were reported on cruise ships.

Searches for pandemic were 115,806 % higher on March 11, 2020 when WHO declared the outbreak as a pandemic than words searched on the same date last year, an Associated Press report stated.

Among the runners up for word of the year were quarantine, asymptomatic.

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