A picture taken on November 8, 2020 shows the deserted Passage des Panoramas, as France is on a second lockdown aimed at…
A picture taken on November 8, 2020 shows the deserted Passage des Panoramas, as France is on a second lockdown aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Collins English Dictionary has named “lockdown” its Word of the Year for 2020.
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The word, which the dictionary said surged in usage from 4,000 logged uses last year to more than a quarter million this year, refers to “the containment measure implemented by governments around the world to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
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Several other pandemic-related words were also in the running such as “social distancing” and “coronavirus,” but lockdown won out in the end. ?
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Not all the contenders were pandemic-related, with “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) and “Megxit” also vying for word of the year.
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Megxit refers to Britain's Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals? and spend more time abroad.
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Lockdown, the dictionary said in a news release, “with its heavy, clunking syllables and heavier associations, is the condition we’ve most dreaded in 2020 – a state of national stasis, where almost everything that constitutes normal public life is suspended.”

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