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The vaccine has been chosen as the word of the year for 2021 by Merriam-Webster

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the term “vaccine” has become associated with phrases like as “solution,” “hope,” and “relief” ever since the outbreak started in the year 2020.

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread and threatened to bring the world to its knees, the international community mobilised to get a vaccine available as soon as possible. There are now multiple vaccinations available, and millions of people are being vaccinated every day as part of the continuous battle against the deadly virus.

Since the year 2020, it is safe to claim that the term has become more popular. As a result, the term ‘vaccine’ has been designated as the word of the year for 2021 by the American publisher Merriam-Webster.

As a result of the pandemic, the use of vaccine-related words increased significantly in 2021. Double vaxxes, unvaxxed, and anti-vaxxer are all terms that have witnessed an increase in use.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, said, “This was a term that was exceptionally high in our statistics every single day.”

For starters, there’s the scientific aspect, which revolves on the extraordinary speed with which vaccines were created. In addition to policy discussions, there are political discussions and disagreements on party affiliations. It’s a single phrase that connects these two monumental tales “He went on to say more.

It follows the selection of ‘vax’ as the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary, which was announced earlier in November.

While both the spellings ‘vax’ and ‘vaxx’ are acceptable, the one with a single x is the most usually used.

In the case of the term “vaccine,” Merriam-Webster searches for it climbed by a staggering 601 percent between 2020 and the time the first dose was delivered in New York in December 2020.

“The pandemic was the trigger, and now we’re seeing the consequences,” Sokolowski said.

The earliest recognised usage of the term was in the year 1882, although it was originally reported in 1799, since references to fluid from cowpox pustules used in inoculations existed earlier in the century.

The term was derived from the Latin word ‘vaccina,’ which may be traced back to the latin feminine ‘vaccinus,’ which means “of or originating from a cow.”

“lockdown” was awarded Collins Word of the Year 2020 in 2021, and it is still in use today. The definition of lockdown in the Collins Dictionary is “the imposition of rigorous limits on travel, social engagement (including the ability to connect with others), and access to public locations.”

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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