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5 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Focus Series              been happening in most of our lives. The specific detail of the rules, instructions and choice of words may change from place to place - but the ‘message’ is international, crosscultural – almost universal. Life is affecting language at great speed. Coincidentally, just then, I saw a post from Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley, of the Lexical Lab. Many of you will know them from their visits to Poland, and their teachers’ courses, both ‘live’ and online. They, too, had been thinking about the way in which our current life is affecting language, and were offering people on their mailing list a compilation of ‘real’ examples. Introducing their publication, they wrote: Over the last two years, Covid-19 has come to dominate many of our conversations. In our Lexical Lab classes, it crop ups week in, week out, no matter what other topics we’re looking at. As we enter the third year of the pandemic, we’ve put together a collection of some of the things we’ve taught around the topic. We’ll be offering free copies to anyone signing up to our mailing list, but wanted to first offer you, our loyal followers, your own copy here. We hope you find plenty to interest you there – and that it helps you both talk more about the ongoing situation, and help any students you have who might want to do the same. ❯❯❯ The coincidence could not be ignored, so I asked them if I could refer to this collection during the talk. A positive answer, so I decided to extend its use to this article. The Lexical Lab collection includes current, real-life examples such as these:  LOCKDOWNS AND RESTRICTIONS  They’re trying to impose lots of localised lockdowns here.  It’s lockdown in name only here at the moment, to be honest.  The lockdown here is supposed to end this weekend, but I’m worried they might extend it.  They’ve been dithering / umming and ahing about imposing a second lockdown for ages and have finally decided to have one starting this Thursday.  The lockdown rules are pretty flexible here, to be honest. There’s a lot of leeway and people interpret them in their own way.  There’s been a real spike / uptick / surge in cases of domestic violence during lockdown.  Lexical Lab is Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley  www.lexicallab.com

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