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Lots of people are looking up “pandemic” and “quarantine” and “Kafkaesque” in the dictionary.

Emily Temple

March 13, 2020, 9:50am

Turns out people have some questions about the new coronavirus—and not just “what is social distancing, exactly” and “can I go to the gym?” This morning, Merriam-Webster lexicographer Peter Sokolowski tweeted this list of recent lookups in the digital dictionary:

Kafkaesque, indeed. Stay safe out there. (Especially if you don’t already know the definition of “cancel.”)

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