[Ads-l] "pandemicide"

Nancy Friedman wordworking at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 22 10:57:09 EST 2021


In circulation now because of science writer Laurie Garrett's Feb. 18 essay
in *Foreign Policy*, "Trump Is Guilty of Pandemicide." I found two earlier
usages, in August and September 2020. In all cases the word does not mean
"killing the pandemic" but rather "killing by means of pandemic." The
construction is reminiscent of the trademark term "genericide" and of many
facetious coinages (boobicide, beericide, momicide, etc.).

My blog post:
https://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2021/02/word-of-the-week-pandemicide.html

Nancy Friedman
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