Review: 2020 Dictionary by Dominic Knight

Title: 2020 Dictionary: The definitive guide to the year the world turned to sh*t

Author: Dominic Knight

Published: 24th November 2020, Allen & Unwin

Read: November 2029 courtesy Allen & Unwin

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My Thoughts:

Aaargh Executive summary of this book”

2020 has been an Unprecedented* year.

It started (in Australia) with Black Summer* , thanks in part to the effects of Climate Change* which our Prime Minister Morrison, Scott* vehemently denied from his penthouse suite in Hawaii*.

And then came Covid-19*.

After a brief flirtation with the idea of Herd Immunity*, Australia embraced the policy of Flattening the Curve*, except for those Covidiots* like Jones, Alan*, Evans, Pete*, Karen* and Anti-Maskers* who alternately denied the pandemic was happening at all, and/or spruiked any number of Conspiracy Theories* about its origin, spread and threat level.

First urged to observe Handwashing* and Social Distancing*, and use an Elbow Bump* to greet one another to reduce the spread, any hope of limiting the virus’s impact went out the window when some idiot (Australian Border Force*) let the Ruby Princess* dock in NSW. With talk of Lockdown*, the Panic-Buying* began, resulting in an incomprehensible drought of Toilet Paper*. While the pollies declared we were All In This Together*, they decided it was too dangerous for themselves to continue working, but insisted Essential Workers*, including doctors, nurses, teachers, bottle shop owners and Hairdressers*, did.

Shelter(ing) In Place*, Australians started a Podcast* or Baking* (until we ran out of flour), drank Delgona Coffee*, or indulged in a glass or five of Quarantini*, (but no Corona*), ate Lasagne* or Cake* that didn’t look like cake, watched Exotic, Joe* or TikTok* , all while Doomscrolling* on Twitter*. Some of us were condemned to the torture that is Homeschooling* while simultaneously being stuck in the hell that is WFH* (Working From Home) via Zoom*. Victoria, and Andrews, Daniel* aka Dictator Dan* bore the brunt of Australia’s second wave after the virus escaped from Hotel Quarantine*, and unsurprisingly the Contact Tracing App* was no use at all.

Meanwhile Arden, Jacinda* led the world in the pandemic response, Sweden* got it very wrong, and under the (absence of) leadership from Donald Trump*, the United States* became a Clusterf*ck*, beset by Murder Hornets*, and riots associated with the Black Lives Matter* movement.

The Eurovision Song Contest*, the 2020 Olympics* in Tokyo, and Rowling, J.K.*, were cancelled. We lost Boseman, Chadwick*, Bryant, Kobe* and Bader, Ruth Ginsburg*. Bezos, Jeff* got richer, so too (temporarily) did those on Jobseeker*. Parasite* won a swag of awards. Biden, Joe* became America’s new President-elect, which means Kushner, Jared* will be looking for another job soon.

In short, 2020 has largely been a Dumpster Fire*. Dominic Knight’s 2020 Dictionary will ensure you won’t forget a single detail, and will be a handy reference for the grandkids history school project a few decades from now.

Here’s hoping 2021* will be better!

All the words marked with * , and more, along with their definition can be found in the 2020 Dictionary

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Nov 28, 2020 @ 04:51:34

    This is great! 🙌😂😷

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  2. Brona
    Nov 28, 2020 @ 07:55:13

    What a great way to start my morning Shelley!!!!!!
    Love it! Just wondering if it’s too early for my first quarantini though 🙂

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  4. whatsnonfiction
    Nov 29, 2020 @ 02:37:32

    This is too funny!!! Was it hard to read right now while we’re still very much in it, or was it more of a relief?

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 29, 2020 @ 03:18:43

      It’s mostly, and intentionally, amusing. We are kinda post- covid here. In my state we haven’t had a community case for 21 days, there are no hospitalised cases, and we haven’t had a death in months.

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      • whatsnonfiction
        Nov 29, 2020 @ 04:06:14

        Amazing! Truly, that’s incredible and must feel like such a wonderful relief. Meanwhile in NYC, where we’re at our worst point since May, my next door neighbors were arguing with me and my landlord (who’s just recovered from Covid) yesterday about how if 92% of the country is wearing masks then how is the virus still spreading, hmmmm??! I’m just so exhausted with this shit, I can’t take it anymore.

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        • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
          Nov 29, 2020 @ 04:17:18

          I don’t blame you, the stats there are pretty horrifying from our perspective. In the entire country we’ve had less than 1000 deaths over the duration of the pandemic, and over 90% of them were as a result of outbreaks in aged care facilities.
          Be safe x

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        • whatsnonfiction
          Nov 29, 2020 @ 04:26:29

          They’re horrifying from our perspective too and yet people still twist themselves into knots defending their right to not wear masks or whatever other issues they’re getting spun up about from week to week. It’s madness. I wish we’d handled it like you guys but glad that there was such sensibility around it there!

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