It feels a bit wrong to say Happy New Year with everything that’s going on at the moment, so I’ll just say that I’m sending you my warmest wishes. I hope that 2021 is bright and healthy for you and your loved ones. In my closing social media message of 2020, I described the year as having felt like a run-on sentence – one of those really long ones that makes you feel a bit lost. That got me thinking about other editorial metaphors for these very strange times we’re living in. Here are six from me – let me know if you think of more.
I’ve been thinking a lot about lockdown language since the coronavirus outbreak began to really take hold in the UK. We have heard so many new words and phrases in such a short space of time. We all use terms like ‘social distancing’, ‘the new normal’ and ‘unprecedented times’ like they are … well … the new normal. Somehow these thoughts and phrases have morphed themselves into a poem. I’ve never shared a poem before, so be gentle with me. I hope you like it.