(Do-ine) Things Differently

If you speak English, you may be familiar with a form of speech where a verb masquerades as a noun. They’re called gerunds: -ing things. Words like running, jumping, etc. are gerunds.

Putting it lightly, COVID-19 has had massive worldwide impact. I don’t want to minimize the impact the virus has had globally; particularly for those who have lost loved ones to the disease. However, laughter is good for all of us.

So, in honor of quarantine, I’d like to present a new form of speech: -ine things; also known as jeronds. These are activities that have been severely impacted by quarantine. The ending sound is always the same as the ine in quarantine which sounds very familiar to ing, but with a significantly different meaning.

  • Working -> Workine: If you’re fortunate enough to be able to work from home, but still manage to waste most of your day in virtual meetings.

Please comment with other -ing things that have become -ine things as you’ve lived through quarantine.

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