This post brings us to the end of our series on ‘words’.
Shakespeare has been credited with creating around 10% of the words in the English language. What an extraordinary feat for one individual! But, sometimes a flurry of word-creation comes, not from an extraordinary person but, from an extraordinary event. The global viral crisis has been such an event.
New words have been created such as ‘covid 19’, ‘iso’ and ‘zooming’, and unused words have been brought out into popular usage including ‘pandemic’ and ‘social-distancing’. Many words have been strung together to give detailed instructions on the washing of hands, the disinfecting of surfaces and the serving of food. Words have been repurposed and understood differently during these times. We have spoken to fewer people in-person and learnt to ‘zoom’ in groups. Many of us have written more words than usual and even created stories, poetry, pictures or bread. The words that concern baking, cooking, growing plants and purchasing chickens to lay eggs have become far more important to us than in previous years.
What shall we have learnt from this time? What will we take away with us into the future now that we don’t have to take-away our coffee?
I hope to use more words to express gratitude and love.
Thank you for reading this series. Blessings.