“Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock “Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock
“Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

What the words of the year say about 2020 – it’s been quite the 12 months

  • Unsurprisingly, many dictionaries chose words related to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Rather than settling for a single word, Oxford English Dictionary selected several

“Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock “Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock
“Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Photo: Shutterstock
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).