2020 Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – Preview, Betting Tips & Odds

Life without sport can be dull, but luckily, we have the Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year to keep us entertained.

It’s going to be a hotly-contested competition in 2020, with plenty new buzzwords popping up around the globe.

“They” took out the Word of the Year in 2020, but don’t think the likes of “Us”, “Them” and “We” is going to cut it this year. It’s all Coronavirus related in 2020, so let’s look at the best winning chances.

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year Tips

Word of the Year 2020 – Social Distancing

The current market favourite, Social Distancing is a clear front runner. A phrase that appeals not only to introverts, but now extroverts, Social Distancing is all about keeping that space between us.

Gaining popularity after the Covid-19 virus hit in February/March, Social Distancing is the act of keeping apart from others in order to avoid a contagious spread of disease.

Although providing a whimsical undertone, Social Distancing is no laughing matter. In fact, it’s being heavily policed around the world. Extreme measures are being taken to ensure the space between humans remains satisfactory.

We always try to see the positives, so let’s look at the advantages of Social Distancing.

  • Provides an excuse not to see the in-laws.
  • Save money you would have spent with the lads.
  • Look forward to spending the money you saved with the lads.
  • I have to work from home? You mean I don’t have to leave my bed? Awesome.
  • You can get $1.80 if Social Distancing wins Word of the Year.

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Word of the Year 2020 – Self-Quarantine

We love a sexy hyphenated word, and there’s none more popular at the moment than Self-Quarantine.

There hasn’t been a recent hyphenated word to take the Word of the Year honours. Some would argue that 2015 Word of the Year “ism” is in fact a part of a hyphenated word, but Self-Quarantined is the real deal.

A controversial pick this year, Self-Quarantined, could provide punters with some value. It’s currently a $5 play at Sportsbet.com.au, but it has some ground to make up on Social Distancing.

Quarantined isn’t an attractive word. It has only three syllables and the definition reads as follows.

“To put or hold in isolation to prevent the spread of disease or pests.”

However, despite Self-Quarantined being an ugly word, it could win over the judges at Mirram-Webster. They have chosen some fairly average winners in recent history, so this one could be added to the list.

Word of the Year 2020 – Malarkey

An outsider to win Word of the Year in 2020, Malarkey, would turn up the noses of the punters expecting a virus-related word to win.

What a load of malarkey that would be! However, in what has already been a ridiculous 2020, we wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset in the world of semantics.

Malarkey means, “meaningless talk; nonsense.” There is certainly no irony here, folks.

For a bit of value, take Malarkey to win at $41. It’s incredible value and is worth a few bob – Bet Now

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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.



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