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OED names words (plural) for 2020 to mark an ‘unprecedented’ year

OED names words (plural) for 2020 to mark an ‘unprecedented’ year

Oxford English Dictionary expands its word of the year to reflect ‘astonishing linguistic innovation’

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.5810687/oed-names-several-words-of-the-year-in-2020-to-mark-an-unprecedented-year-1.5813141

Oxford’s 2020 word of the year? Well, it’s unprecedented

Oxford English Dictionary Needed 16 ‘Words of the Year’ to Describe 2020

https://lifehacker.com/oxford-english-dictionary-needed-16-words-of-the-year-t-1845738987

The words it chose, below in chronological order, is the most tumultuous of walks through memory lane. Here they are, along with Oxford Language’s descriptions for why they were chosen.

  • Bushfire: “One of the defining climatic events of the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 was the Australian bushfire season, the worst on record.”
  • Impeachment: “A hot topic in January when the trial to impeach Donald Trump began.” (Was that really this year?)
  • Acquittal: “Peaked in February at the conclusion of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.” (Ah, that was fast.)
  • Coronavirus: “One of the more dramatic examples of increased usage, by March this year it was one of the most frequently used nouns in the English language, after being used to designate the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
  • COVID-19: “A completely new word this year, first recorded in a report by the World Health Organization as an abbreviation of coronavirus disease 2019. It quickly overtook coronavirus in frequency.”
  • Lockdown: “The preferred term in most Anglophone countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, for government-enforced quarantine measures in response to the spread of Covid-19.”
  • Social distancing: “Surged in frequency as governments across the world introduced measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”
  • Reopening: “Towards the Northern Hemisphere summer more hopeful words increased in frequency, including reopening (of shops, businesses, etc.).”
  • Black Lives Matter: “Exploded in usage beginning in June of this year, remaining at elevated levels for the rest of the year as protests against law enforcement agencies over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black Americans took root in communities across the United States and across the world.”
  • Cancel Culture: “Many societal tensions that characterized the year saw a significant rise in usage, such as cancel culture, the culture of boycotting and withdrawing support from public figures whose words and actions are considered socially unacceptable.”
  • BIPOC: “Usage surged for BIPOC, an abbreviation of black, indigenous, and other people of color.”
  • Mail-In: “A big political focus as far as word use increase is concerned has been the U.S. postal service as a means of casting votes in these troubled times, with mail-in seeing an increase in use of 3,000% compared to last year.”
  • Belarusian: “The August re-election of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus saw the adjective Belarusian rise up the corpus charts rapidly as the story made the news around the world.”
  • Moonshot: “Had a rocket-powered ascent to significance in September as the name of a UK government program for mass Covid testing.
  • Superspreader: “Dates to the 1970s, but became significantly more frequent this year. There was a particular spike in usage in October, mainly with reference to the well-publicized spread of cases in the White House.”
  • Net Zero: On the rise as the year draws to an end: the recent increase partly relates to the historic pledge made by President Xi Jinping in September, that China will be carbon neutral by 2060.”

 

 

Posted on: November 24, 2020, 10:09 am Category: Uncategorized

Supporting the Educational Interests of Adult Patrons Through College-Bound Programming

Research Article: “Supporting the Educational Interests of Adult Patrons Through College-Bound Programming”

https://www.infodocket.com/2020/11/02/research-article-supporting-the-educational-interests-of-adult-patrons-through-college-bound-programming/

“The following article (full text, open access) was recently published by Public Library Quarterly.

Title

Supporting the Educational Interests of Adult Patrons Through College-Bound Programming

Author

Africa S. Hands
East Carolina University

Source

Public Library Quarterly
DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2020.1834813

Abstract

Public libraries are information centers for communities, serving the needs of children and their families, seniors, veterans, and small businesses. Content analysis of rural public libraries shows that, based on the placement of information within their website, college planning information and programs are aimed at teens rather than adult learners.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2020.1834813

Prospective adult learners and other non-traditional students would benefit from programs and services designed to help them navigate the maze of requirements and processes for earning a college credential. This article advocates for the role of public libraries in advancing college literacy among adult patrons.

Direct to Full Text Article

Direct to PDF Version
18 pages; PDF.”

Posted on: November 24, 2020, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

The Great Library of Alexandria: The Untold Story Explained

The Great Library of Alexandria: The Untold Story Explained

There is the myth of the Library of Alexandria and its destruction by fire. And the reality, that it completely disappeared and only exists in ancient texts. What happened?

Posted on: November 24, 2020, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Create and Conduct Polls in PowerPoint and Google Slides

How to Create and Conduct Polls in PowerPoint and Google Slides

https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2020/11/how-to-create-and-conduct-polls-in.html

“A few weeks ago I published directions on how to create and conduct a poll in Google Slides. That video featured using the Poll Everywhere Chrome extension. People who prefer to use PowerPoint over Google Slides can also use Poll Everywhere in their slides. “

Posted on: November 24, 2020, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

Reading for pleasure can help reduce pandemic stress, increase empathy: experts

Reading for pleasure can help reduce pandemic stress, increase empathy: experts

Posted on: November 23, 2020, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized

What is Parler? Everything you need to know about the conservative social network.

What is Parler? Everything you need to know about the conservative social network.

https://mashable.com/article/what-is-parler-explainer/

“What is Parler?

Parler is a social network founded by John Matze and Jared Thomson, two Nevada-based conservative programmers, in 2018. The website bills itself as a “free speech” microblogging alternative to platforms like Twitter.  In the founders’ opinions, big tech companies clearly have an anti-conservative bias and censor those views. (Fact check: They do not.)”

 

Posted on: November 23, 2020, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized

3 Essential Attributes of a Centralized Online Learning Unit

Strategic alignment.

Posted on: November 23, 2020, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized