Every year there’s a word that stands out. Maybe a few. And they compete to be the word of the year. Just like Time Magazine names a person of the year. I suppose it’s an honor to be named such a person. I wouldn’t mind being named person of the year. But I’ll just settle for people in my proximal orbit recognizing I’ve worked my you-know-what off the past few years. Well, I’m being a little disingenuous. I have received several big honors the past two years. One guy at a bar actually thought I was a daytime soap opera Emmy winner. I kid you not.
Back to words, though.
I believe that Merriam-Webster’s 2021 word of the year is ‘vaccine’. Apparently, “vaccine” saw a more than 600% increase in lookups this year over last. We all know that vaccine has come to mean much more than just an actual shot in the arm.
Alongside “vaccine”, other contenders would have to include mandates, delta, and variant. People have actually come to learn the Greek alphabet. What a cursed, interesting time in which to be living. I hope that next year, the word will be “normal” or “over”. Perhaps even “hope” or “travel”.
I cannot believe the year is almost over. I didn’t step foot outside this country. Sigh. Another word fir this year could very well be claustrophobia or wanderlust.
Here’s to hope.