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The Utter Weirdness of Small Talk in a Pandemic

The Utter Weirdness of Small Talk in a Pandemic

Here’s a simple rule I believe to be true: To almost every issue, there’s a linguistic angle, and it usually is an interesting one. So here’s a linguistic angle to the coronavirus crisis: «One very small consequence of COVID-19 is that it is turning ‹How are you?› into a question again.»



Published in Weekly Filet #296