Jargon and slang – COVID-19 changed our language

Jargon, slang and COVID-19

Jargon and slang related to COVID-19 changed the language of Australia. It happened almost as fast as the novel coronovirus which causes the disease that devastated populations spread across the world. Everyone learnt and began to use the formal and informal languages quickly.

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Celebrate the month of May – ideas for activities

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I invite you celebrate the month of May with me. This month might well mark the tag-end of isolation. For most of us, relaxation of even a few restrictions has come as welcome relief. For others, especially older or more frail people, there may be a still be a way to go until we see what happens with COVID-19.

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Scarlatina – my brush with a once deadly disease

scarlatina, a once deadly disease

Scarlatina (the Latin name for scarlet fever) is not the romantic disease some novelists would like us to think. It caused the death of children in some fiction in classic children’s literature. But this deadly disease occurred in epidemics as a world-wide scourge. You can read about scarlatina in children’s literature here.

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Scarlet fever, Beth March and others

Scarlet fever - childhood stories

Scarlet fever, according to Lizzie Enfield, is ‘the red rash of romantics’. The once-deadly disease causes a high fever, red rash, red lumps on the tongue, flushed cheeks and red creases under the arms, in the elbows and groins. As well, it causes the death or severe disability of several children in literature. They include Beth March in Little Women, the boy who owns the rabbit in Velveteen Rabbit and Mary in By the Shores of Silver Lake.

Those of us who have suffered the disease remember nothing romantic about it.

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Teddy bears, rainbows, rabbits bring smiles at Easter

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Teddy bears, rainbows, rabbits and assorted other animals and art brought a smile to my face (and my eyes, which was nice) over the past few days. Easter joy has spread through the suburbs near where I live.

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Life lessons, jigsaw puzzles and COVID-19

Life lessons and jigsaw puzzles

Life lessons come in all shapes and sizes. They pop up when we least expect them. In January, 2020, anyone with half an eye on the game might have been able to predict that COVID-19 would become this year’s, or this century’s, BIG THING. It would become the greatest of life lessons for everyone

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‘Saving Missy’ by Beth Morrey – a review

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Saving Missy, a novel by Beth Morrey, guarantees hours of happy reading in these days of social isolation and physical distancing. Written in first person, the protagonist draws the reader into her story from page one.

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Pandemic – a meditation for challenging times

A pandemic meditation

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 threw our lives as we knew them into sudden chaos. Like most people, I’m confused. I don’t know what will come next, or what my responses should or will be.

You can find another blog about COVID-19 here.

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Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations – Subiaco history

Picture Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations took place on Subiaco Oval from around 1910 until the early nineteen fifties. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I went to school, the day created a buzz for us Catholic kids.

Bus after bus pulled up outside the gates of the now flattened Oval. Children from every Catholic school in the greater Perth area tumbled out.

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COVID-19 and social isolation

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We need to have a conversation about COVID-19 and social isolation. People talk more about COVID-19 than they do about any other topic these days except, perhaps, toilet paper, which may be even worse.

That’s why you may well say, ‘Oh, no! Not another article about the virus!’

But stay with me.

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