Merriam-Webster's English dictionary has called the word "pandemic" the word of the year 2020 as the number of search queries related to the word has increased by 115,806% over that period. This was reported on the dictionary's website.
"Based upon a statistical analysis of words that are looked up in extremely high numbers in our online dictionary while also showing a significant year-over-year increase in traffic, Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2020 is pandemic," the statement said.
It is noted that this word is currently the most popular on the dictionary site. Since March 11, when the World Health Organization announced the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of requests for "pandemic" on the Merriam-Webster website has increased by 115,806%, compared to lookups on that day in 2019.
The second place in the rating "Word of the Year" is shared by "coronavirus", "quarantine", and "asymptomatic".
As we reported earlier, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for Covid-19, said that countries needed to stay vigilant even if they saw a fall in coronavirus cases.