Pandemic Is The Word Of The Year
December 1, 2020
Merriam-Webster has declared Pandemic as the word of the year for 2020. The editor for Merriam-Webster said, "That probably isn't a big shock.” By March 11th of this year, searches for the word pandemic were up 115,806% over the same day in 2019. March 11th is when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus situation a pandemic. The official definition of "pandemic" is - an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affects a significant proportion of the population.