2020 really has been an ANNUS HORRIBILIS for the Whole Human Race due to the Pandemic Coronavirus ~ COVID 19.  New words like LOCKDOWN have come & gone. Its almost DECEMBER and still the Oxford English Dictionary has not been able to decide on the Definitive Word for the *Enigmatic Year 2020*  Love Angela & Brian & Smokey ! ! ! 


The English Oxford Dictionary is really in DESPAIR

It likes to find a SPECIAL WORD to define each YEAR

But in TWENTY - TWENTY the Winners Plinth is EMPTY

NOT ONE but several WORDS ~ still under scrutiny I FEAR !


*Axis of Guilt*  It was the WORD in TWO O O TWO

In TWO O O EIGHT the TWO WORDS *Credit Crunch* made it through

But alas for poor old TWENTY - TWENTY

The Word Cupboards are too  FULL & never EMPTY


COVID 19 has replaced  ~ C O R O N A V I R U S

R Numbers - Social Distancing - they mock & deride us

Vacations morphed to *Staycations* due to tra*vel restriction

LOCKDOWN became a part ~ of our everyday diction !


LOCKDOWN chosen by COLLINS ~ so we all applauded

Toasted in QUARANTINIS ~ from the booze  that we had hoarded

GLOBAL  CO2  dropped ~ LOCKDOWN was the cause

And it spawned a New Word  ANTHROP-OCENE-PAUSE !


ZOOM described the Meetings ~ taking place on LINE

BORIS used this method for PM*s Question Time !

PPE*s Protective Clothing ~ as worn by all the MEDICS 

What ONE WORD would You choose ? To define this D * M *  PANDEMIC


Thanks for visit comments welcome ~ Love Angela - Brian - Smokey πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›


FOR A WORD TO BE CHOSEN BY THE OED AS *Word of the Year* it must be a NEW WORD ~ frequently used ~ that is prompted by the SOCIOPOLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES  the  of the YEAR. This is why COLLINS chose *LOCKDOWN* and that would be our choice as well !  Previous use (already in Dictionary) would exclude CORONAVIRUS & ZOOM etc etc.  



  • Doggerel Dave

    Hi A & B:
    Good fun message, informative, easy to travel with.
    Wot no biblical references?

    Take care,


      ANGELA HERE (Brian is on Breakfast Duty !) Good Evening Dave - Thanks for your encouraging reply. Pleased you enjoyed it ! PESTLENCE or PLAGUE is a Biblical Word that comes to mind - more *Down to Earth* than PANDEMIC and I think ARMAGEDDON comes later. In discussion I do stress that COVID 19 - which originated in WUHAN due to the use of UNHYGENIC LIVE MEAT - ie an ANTHROPOGENIC (MAN MADE) catastrophe not Divine Judgement ! However had they used KOSHER FOOD HYGEINE RULES it would never have happened !

      Blessings & Peace & Joy @ this sad time
      Love Angela Brian & Smokey Cat ! ! !

      • Doggerel Dave

        Hi Ange - Was meant to be encouraging but had elements of irony too (you understand irony, don't you? You are on the right side of the pond to do so - it's the mob on the other side that supposedly don't!).
        It's just that sometimes I get bogged down in the proliferation of different ideas (believe it or not, many contestable) and biblical references, which for me, obscure other components of your expositions which may in fact be quite valid.
        I could quite conceivably be wrong - in which case, I'll seek my satisfactions elsewhere.

        Kindest of all possible regards,

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      • Goldfinch60

        Good write A and B, so many new words but as for my words of the year I would use an old one - sadness. This is for many reasons in my life.


        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          ANGELA HERE - Good Morning Uncle ANDY - Thanks for a reply straight from you herart. Many are SAD this year - especially those who have lost Loved Ones - and esecially @ Christmas. BRIAN & I had hoped to start our FAMILY this YEAR but have postponed it until COVID 19 is under control !

          You & Yours are in Our Prayers @ this time
          Love Angela - Brian & Smokey πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

        • orchidee

          Bit of French there? Annus..... I'm an expert in languages - not! lol.
          Some plagues are called 'noisome' in olden language. Does it mean buzzing wasps or something, making a noise?!

          • ANGELA & BRIAN

            Good MITWOK Uncle Steve - ANGELA HERE ! A PANDEMIC like COVID 19 has challenged all Global Philosophies & Religions. My prognosis - as a Christian & a Medic - would be that it is a MAN-MADE PLAGUE caused by lack of *Food Hygiene* and Man (Virologists) have to find an ANSWER in a VACCINE. Our PRAYER is that GOD will enable us to PRODUCE enough VACCINE for the wole Human Race and the abillity to administer it and that by 2022 we will have this particular CORONAVIRUS under control - as we now have FLU ~ AMEN !

            Spiritual Love to YOU & Faithful FIDO
            Angela Brian & Smokey πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

          • RDS

            That was a great read thanks Angela and Brian. A real flowing analysis of conditions within the pandemic!

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              Thanks for your comments *J* ~ Pleased you enjoyed it ! The C 18 Pandemic has hit Planet Earth between the eyes and spawned so so many words of shock & horror to describe it ~ not just in English but in every known LANGUAGE. Angela & I still prefer *LOCKDOWN* ~ A forced curbing of all normal Social & Communal Activities. This has most affected Seniors & Shut-ins but also the Socialising under 40s as well. We are 37 & 32 and have only been married 8 months !

              Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
              Love Angela Brian & Smokey Cat !!!

            • Unsub

              I think your word in the intro "Ditifinitive" should be in the running!


              ps. make mental note to buy Angela a dictionary for Xmas.

              • ANGELA & BRIAN

                GOOD AFTERNOON UNSUB ~ Thanks for the comment ~ have now corrected ~ spelling is as important (in Poetry) as FORM & FUNCTION !

                Yours Angela & Brian ! !

                • Unsub


                  no problem; Satan Claws will be delivering your dictionary in time for Xmas! LOL!


                • Dove

                  Interesting! To create a new 2020 word! Covidphobia - 6 feet away or 6 feet under
                  β€œ To mask or not to mask β€œ COVID attire

                  Staycation = sounds right to me,
                  Hope you’re all have a nice Turkey Day, if you celebrate

                  • ANGELA & BRIAN

                    Buenas Tardes Romnatica ~ Como estes ahora ? Yes we had Turkey Casserole & Pumpkin Pie for Dinner (7pm) tonight washed down with Nappa Valley Rose ~ to clebrate the First Harvest in 1621. Amazingly the Pilgim Fathers (Puritans) got on well with the Native Americans who introduced them to Turkeys & Pumpkins ! Its a pity the relationship between the Colonists & the Native Americans could last forever !
                    We have posted a THANKSGIVING POEM today (Thursday = Thanksgiving Day !) please check !

                    Benediciones y Amor y Paz y Alegria a Tu y Vosotros
                    Angela & Brian & El Gato Ahumido πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

                  • L. B. Mek

                    'Vacations morphed to *Staycations* due to tra*vel restriction'
                    a wonderfully fun read of summation for the tumultuous eight months we have all endured so far this year

                  • Neville

                    an interesting and informative post, thank you both ... and Smokey of course....................................

                  • Robert Haigh

                    A fun write for a horrible year! 2020 will certainly be remembered, mainly for negative reasons! However, with vaccines on the horizon, that will probably be one good thing to come from the year!

                  • ANGELA & BRIAN

                    Thanks for your comment Robert pleased you enjoyed it. However We are well aware the COVID Vaccine (like FLU Vaccine) will only make us immune for a short period and will not erradicate COVID 19 ! So - like Flu Vaccine - we may nee annual COVID 19 Jabs !

                    Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
                    Love Angela Brian & Smokey Cat !!!

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