Dictionary Merriam-Webster traditionally chose the word of the year 2020, and it is obvious: “pandemic”.
“Probably the word we will call this period in the future. It is not only a term, but also a general concept,” said Editor-in-Chief Peter Sokolowski.
The pandemic, rooted in Latin and Greek, is a combination of the words “pan” – everything, and “demos” – people or population. It began to be used to describe mass infections after the epidemics of the Middle Ages, in the XVII century.
This word became widespread in March, when the Coronavirus crisis was designated as a pandemic. On March 11, when the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a global pandemic, the number of requests for this word increased dramatically. According to Sokolowski, the interest of the site to this word remained significantly high during the year.