We all love learning, it’s what U3A is about,
but I for one didn’t sign up
to learn a new language this year.
So I’m doing my best, but have to admit
There’s so much new vocabulary to learn
- social distancing, lockdown
self-isolation and shielding.
Not to mention R-rate and PPE.
It’s all baffling.
The new phrases are equally perplexing
- herd immunity, viral load,
flattening the curve, the new normal,
And that’s just to highlight a few
that confuse me.
And beware getting caught out
by words that look quite familiar
- quarantine, furlough
second wave, the front line
all now have new meaning.
Plus the rules of this language are tough,
singing while washing your hands,
covering your face when out,
standing broom-width apart,
It’s a surreal new world.
But let’s not forget our old language
while we’re striving to learn the new,
Words like friendship, concern,
support and hope still matter.
Languages adapt and so will we.