As we approach the end of a rather bizarre year, there are words in 2020 which meant slightly different to when I was growing up in my Balham flat in the ‘60s.
Corona: this was the brand of cream soda and cherryade I’d buy from my school tuck shop.
Quarantine: if you travelled back from a foreign land, this is what Rover or Tiddles had to do for the best part of a decade.
Mask: unless your occupation was a surgeon, highwayman or the Lone Ranger, the only time you wore a mask was playing Blind Man’s Buff or Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
Lockdown: when you’ve lost your door keys. Or someone’s escaped.
Social distancing: what you did if you wanted to avoid certain people at your local whist drive.
Trump: a word used during a whist drive either pertaining to a suit of cards or flatulence. Or both.
Tier 1: what you give guests at a wedding
Tier 3: what you give guests at a Christening
Tier 2: what people who really don’t need to eat more cake tuck into during a wedding
Tier 4: opening words of Ken Dodd’s signature tune
Bubble: a thing you blew, and in the process, got washing-up liquid all over your hands; now you need to douse your hands in Fairy while singing “Happy Birthday”.
R: used to be a letter, now it’s a number.
Zoom: was a lolly until 1982 when Fat Larry bought Lyon’s Maid.
COVID: what Glamorgan is now called.