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'Sharking' And 'Zoom Bombing': Which New Words Will Survive The Pandemic?

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 11:08am
Updated: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 12:23pm

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Cindi SturtzSreetharan
Arizona State University
Cindi SturtzSreetharan.

The English language is undergoing constant change, and major events are often a driver of that. New words entered the vernacular after World War II, 9/11 and Brexit, for example.

The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, as a number of new terms have popped up, and we’ve found fresh uses for words we’ve known for years.

The Show spoke with Cindi SturtzSreetharan, associate professor at Arizona State University and a linguistic anthropologist, to find out how much dramatic events can affect our language.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct the spelling Cindi SturtzSreetharan's name.

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