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Covid-19 has introduced hundreds of new items into the common global lexicon. A few of them are neologisms; most of them are words and phrases that were previously not widely in circulation but got a boost as we all became experts in sociology and epidemiology.

An example from the latter category is “endemic” — something that we have come to see as a desirable state, because it seems to signal the end of The Pandemic. The virus will be all around us but manageable, nonthreatening, a minor annoyance. ..

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