By JULLIE Y. DAZA
For story-telling purposes, the following are words to live by in the time of coronavirus.
ABS-CBN – biggest corporate casualty of COVID-19, hopefully a tentative aberration.
Augmentation bus – you may board without knowing what it means or where it goes.
Balik-Probinsiya – new wave of migration.
Blended learning – Teacher, please explain and demonstrate!
Cabin fever – a log cabin would be best.
Checkpoints – where to catch fugitives, drug couriers, liars.
Church – is where the livestreaming is.
Contact tracing – a new job for 95,000 to fill.
Coronavirus – aka COVID-19.
Crime down 61 percent – only?
Curfew – “more universally understood” (?) than Stay Home.
D – doubling rate, not about babies being born by the minute.
Droplets – fall like showers; don’t rely on tiny paper parasol on your cocktail glass.
DSWD – Dept of Subsidized Wealth Distribution.
E – as in enhanced, extreme; no difference.
Economic recession – recess from progress, prosperity.
Epicenter – not about earthquakes.
Face your fears with a mask; don’t touch MEN — mouth-eyes-nose.
Flatten the curve – or fatten the spikes.
Food delivery – forget dining-in for now.
Frontliners – Hail, the men and women of the hour!
Gun with a screen – it’s pointed at your forehead.
Heal as one – with a million and one heels out there.
IATF – I Am The Fourth (branch of government).
K – that’s for K-drama to entertain you 24/7.
Lockdown – feels like forever, ask the healthy senior citizen at home.
Mask – must use.
New normal – same old bad habits, crowding, traffic.
No work, no pay – no need to explain.
Open or not? Schoolyear 20-21: When? How? Best advice: “Laro na lang.”
PPE – must-have fashion outfit.
Pandemic – look for the letters p-a-n-i-c.
Q – quarantine, what else?
SAP – make that a.s.a.p.!
SRP – suggested retail price, emphasis on first word.
Social distancing – friends, lovers, and other strangers, stay away from me!
Stay home – mantra of the era.
Thermal scanning – keep it below 37.5.
Vaccine – not Dengvaxia.
Virtual – nothing to do with virtue.
Vulnerable – below 21, above 59.
WFH – first, look in the mirror. Are you well groomed, in full office costume?
Zoom – alphabetically and chronologically, it comes after Zumba.