Expand Your Mind with New Words and Facts

During this time of isolation and restrictions around socializing, you’ll want to make sure that you understand the “lingo” associated with the Coronavirus.  Familiarize yourself with the following new words from dictionary.com so that you can impress your young family members!

Covid-19 Words from 2020

zoom moms :  described as spending a lot of time using Zoom for work, their children’s schooling, or simply to chat with their friends who are also stuck at home.

Coronababies:  Babies being conceived while people are cooped up at home during the coronavirus have been dubbed coronababies.

Coronials:  The hypothetical new generation of children conceived during COVID-19 has cleverly been crowned the coronials, a play on corona(virus) and millennials.

Quaranteens:  When these babies get older, they will become the quaranteens, a pun on quarantine and teen(ager).

Rona:  Short for coronavirus

Quarantini:  Cocktails made at home while under quarantine, especially a martini.

COVID-10, also referred to as the COVID-15 or even the COVID-19, is a riff on the numerals of COVID-19 and the freshman 15, an expression for the weight some people (are said to) gain during their first year of college.

 

National Animals

Brush up on these National Animal facts to impress your grandkids!

Test your knowledge of the national animals from these countries:

  1.   Australia
  2.   Belgium
  3.   Canada
  4.   Czech Republic
  5.   Italy
  6.   Sweden
  7.   Thailand
  8.   Ireland
  9.   Indonesia
  10.   Scotland

 

Answers:

  1. Red Kangaroo
  2. Leo Belgicus – Mythical Lio
  3. Beaver
  4. Double Tailed Lion – Mythical
  5. Italian Wolf
  6. Elk
  7. Elephant
  8. Red Deer
  9. Komodo Dragon
  10. Unicorn – Mythical

 

 

 

Rivers of the US

  1. What is the oldest river in the United States?
  2. How many miles of river flow across the US?
  3. What river flows backwards thanks to engineers that reversed the flow in the early 1900’s?
  4. What event temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River around 1811-1812)
  5. How many dams are there in the US?
  6. In 2009, an US Airways pilot successfully landed a passenger plane after birds flew into the engine. No lives were lost.  On what river did this occur?
  7. What is the deepest river in the US?
  8. What is the longest river in the US?
  9. What is the  longest undammed river in the US?
  10. This humorist and writer often wrote about the Mississippi River.  However, his summer home offered views of a river from his rocking chair on his front porch.  What river was this?  And who was the writer?

 

 

 

Answers:

  1. The New River in West Virginia is the oldest river in the United States. The only river that is older in the world is the Nile.
  2. 3,500,000 miles of river flow across this country
  3. The Chicago river. It still flows backwards to this day.
  4. The New Madrid Earthquakes
  5. Approximately 8,100
  6. The Hudson River
  7. The Mississippi is the deepest and most voluminous river
  8. The Missouri River (2,540 miles long)
  9. The Yellowstone river (692 miles long)
  10.  The Chemung River in Elmira NY.  Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

 

 

For more information click on the following links:

https://www.dictionary.com/e/s/new-words-we-created-because-of-coronavirus/?prev=t#1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_animals

https://unofficialnetworks.com/2016/06/10/10-mind-blowing-facts-about-rivers-in-the-usa/

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