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I haven't seen any puns based on "social distancing", or other words or phrases associated with COVID-19.


  1. Jake Wildstrom said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 5:48 am

    About 14 years from now, we can start calling the results of the baby boomlet which comes of couples being cooped up with nothing to do the "quaranteens".

  2. Craig said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 6:19 am

    The funniest joke I've seen related to the pandemic is this one, which won't make sense unless you understand the difference between champagne and sparkling wine:

    You should only call it "quarantine" if you are actually doing it in the Quarante region of France. Elsewhere, you should call it Sparkling Isolation.

  3. Yuval Pinter said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 6:21 am

    There's a bot (?) that tweets puns on "quarantine".

    And there's this pun on social distancing.

    I recently memed about "flattening the curve".

  4. Mike said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 8:10 am

    I believe this pun is actually from a 20-year-old Scrubs episode, I remember Zach Braff saying 'Quarantini, anyone?'

    I've definitely heard Bore-antine a couple of times.

  5. Ben Zimmer said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 9:01 am

    I've been keeping track of #coronacoinages on Twitter. Many attribute "quarantini" to the hosts of This Podcast Will Kill You.

  6. Neville Ryant said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 9:04 am

    The creators of This Podcast Will Kill You have been publishing Quarantinis since 2018:


  7. Viseguy said,

    March 16, 2020 @ 1:29 pm

    Coronavirus Fears Haven’t Sunk Sales of Corona Beer in U.S.

    And, though it's pretty obvious, I thought I'd look it up anyway:

    "In choosing the name [COVID-19], WHO advisers focused simply on the type of virus that causes the disease. Co and Vi come from coronavirus . . . with D meaning disease and 19 standing for 2019, the year the first cases were seen."

    Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/disease-caused-by-the-novel-coronavirus-officially-has-a-name-covid-19/

  8. Luke said,

    March 17, 2020 @ 8:40 pm

    Mike, it wasn't Zach Braff who said it in Scrubs, it was Tara Reid's character.
    Source: I'm watching Scrubs

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