A year In Words
There’s no single word that can define 2020, even Oxford English Dictionary (OED) couldn’t settle for one. And so, OED’s lexicographers chose multiple “Words of the Year” from a corpus of more than 11 billion found in web-based news, blogs and other text sources that reprise the “seismic shifts in language data and precipitous frequency rises in new coinage” over the past 12 months. Your guess is as good as ours—most of the chosen words are pandemic-related: coronavirus, lockdown, circuit-breaker, support bubbles, keyworkers, furlough, face masks, remote, remotely, on mute, unmute, workation, staycation etc. Can’t help adding our own Covided to the list!
This Can Make You Dizzy
How to pop open a soda or beer bottle without an opener? The ways are many, but this one stands out: position the lid on the edge of a table, hit down on the cap with your head while gently pulling the bottle down. Now how many can you open in a minute? Prabhakar Reddy, a martial arts expert in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore uncapped 68 bottles in 60 seconds to write his name in the Guinness World Records 2020. He broke the previous world record by Pakistan’s Muhammad Rashid Naseem. Disclaimer: please don’t try this at home.
$3K Tip For A Beer
A customer in Cleveland, US, left a $3,000 (Rs 223,696) tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The man walked in, ordered the beer and asked...