[Ads-l] scariant - scary variant of the virus that causes Covid-19

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 13 19:15:55 UTC 2021

Several websites have articles in 2021 containing "scariant" or
"scariants", e.g., wired.com, webmd.com, irishtimes.com, and
theguardian.com. I checked barrypopik.com and did not see "scariant".

Here are some early tweets. The meaning of "scariant" is ambiguous in
the first tweet below, but the same tweeter uses an unambiguous
instance thirteen days later.

[Begin twitter info]
Tweeter: FlBirder @FlBirder
Timestamp: 4:39 PM · Jan 2, 2021
Replying to @amandajs78 and @braceberg1
It's actually a SCARIANT.
[End twitter info]

[Begin twitter info]
Tweeter: FlBirder @FlBirder
Timestamp: 12:53 AM · Jan 15, 2021
Replying to @themodalice
It morphed into the SCARIANT highly intelligent super spreader
Italian, British, fill-in-the_____, country mutation of Covid 19.
[End twitter info]

There is an earlier match which equates "scariants" to "variants of
scary", but the tweet does not refer to the Covid-19 virus.

[Begin twitter info]
Tweeter: Cal Wilson @calbo
Timestamp: 8:41 AM · Jul 9, 2012
So many variants of scary. Scariants. RT @courteneyh: i'm scared that
this will give me nightmares: http://bit.ly/ukGjA3
[End twitter info]


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