Lockdown lingo – new words for a new world

South Africa - Cape Town - 24 March 2020 - A large billboard has been erected at the top of Long Street, asking people to stay indoors to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)  

Caronacoaster: The ups and downs of your moods during the pandemic.

Locktail hour: Wine o’clock in lockdown lingo, which now seems to be creeping earlier with each week

Coronnials: As opposed to Millenials, This refers to those born or conceived during lockdown. May also be referred to as Generation C.

Claphazard: Over-enthusiastic neighbour who, when saluting our essential workers, wants to high-five or hug his neighbours!

Caronadose: An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media resulting in a “panicdemic”!

Doughverkill: One’s social media being flooded by enthusiastic images of home-made breads, from sourdough to banana bread.

Quentin Quarantino: An attention seeker who spends their time making amateur films that they think are better and funnier than they actually are.

Covidiot: One who ignores public health rules and advice with reckless disregard for others’ safety.

Space Invader: One who regularly comes closer to you than the recommended 2 metres.

Goutbreak: An outbreak of gout from the consumption of too much wine, cheese, chocolate and coffee during lockdown.

Dinfluencer: Someone so proud of their new-found (often mediocre) cooking skills that they artfully photograph every dinner to boast on social media.

Quaranteam: The people and pets you are in lockdown with.

Covid 10: The 10kg in weight that we’re all gaining from comfort eating and comfort drinking. Also known as fattening the curve!

These were taken from a social media post doing the rounds – enjoy! Ed