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How the Language of the Pandemic Defined Our New Cultural Reality

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  • ISBN: 9781778400391
  • Tags: All Books, Current Affairs & Politics, History, Science, Wayne Grady,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 03/07/2023
  • 320 Pages

"Words coined by Covid deftly woven into a journal/timeline, taking us through two years of surrealism and limbo."—Margaret Atwood

This exploration of the many new terms of the Covid-19 pandemic provides insight into the ways an ever-evolving vocabulary helped us cope with our anxiety and adapt to a new reality.

When the pandemic struck in early 2020, Wayne Grady started collecting the words and phrases that arose from our shared global experience. Some, such as "uptick" and "pivot," had existed before but now took on new meaning, and others, such as "covidivorce," "quarantini," "covexit," and "shecession," appeared for the first time, their meaning instantly clear. Through this new vocabulary, we became more able to adapt to change, to domesticate it in a sense, and to reduce our fears.

Moving from the very beginning of the pandemic (the "Before Times") and our early response to it through the peaks and troughs of the various waves in countries throughout the world, and ending with a contemplation of what the "After Times" might look like, this book takes us on a journey through the pandemic and illuminates both how this new language has unfolded and how it has changed the way we think about ourselves and each other.

Wayne Grady is the author of three novels and more than a dozen books of nonfiction. His many awards include four Science in Society Awards, the First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Award for English Translation, and the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.