Explore the Archives
A Journal of the Plague Year Arizona Collection Australia Boston Bronx Community College New York Brooklyn College New York Canada Las Americas New Orleans Oral Histories Philippines Teaching the Pandemic

Collected Item: “Corona Vocabulary”

Give your story a title.

Corona Vocabulary

What sort of object is this: text story, photograph, video, audio interview, screenshot, drawing, meme, etc.?

Text story

Tell us a story; share your experience. Describe what the object or story you've uploaded says about the pandemic, and/or why what you've submitted is important to you.

This is a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of the most common Corona themed vocabulary used by in the U.S. While a definition of each term is not provided, linked websites provide context and explanations of many of the words. Culled from a variety of real world sources, what is most important about these terms is what their use says about the culture they created/were used in. From the use of everyday pandemic language, researchers can gain a window into the COVID experience in a way that is inaccessible even in photographs. These terms also show the United States was undergoing dramatic social and cultural change and some terms highlight the political conflict that was often meshed with Corona in the U.S. The vocabulary also shows a degree of conformity in U.S. culture as all of these terms became part of most Americans' vocabulary. The case of the work "healthcare worker" and "virtual" are two examples of this. Before medical staff, nurse doctor, EMT, online, distance learning, etc. were used to refer to these things, but now Americans have dropped them for the COVID versions. This shows how powerful Corona vocabulary has become.

Use one-word hashtags (separated by commas) to describe your story. For example: Where did it originate? How does this object make you feel? How does this object relate to the pandemic?

#ASU, #HST494, #CoronaCulture, #CoronaVocab, #Humor, #MentalHealth, #CoronaEffects.

Enter a URL associated with this object, if relevant.

https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-glossary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/coronavirus-words-guide/covid-19

Who originally created this object? (If you created this object, such as photo, then your name goes here.)

Kayla Nicole Phillips

Give this story a date.

2021-04-12
Click here to view the corresponding item.