These are the phrases that have been used to dupe us so many times that they now provoke nothing but derision:
– “two weeks behind Italy.” We will be told we need to hide from normal life long after Italy will forget there was a coronavirus. But we will still be two weeks away from where Italy was in March.
– “in two weeks” in any context now makes me break out in hives.
– “flatten the curve” should be somewhere up there with “weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” in terms of duping the public into something unnecessary and extremely costly. We’ve flattened the curve, we’ve bent the curve, but the lockdowns are tightening. What? They aren’t where you live? Then your governor must be a Republican.
– “stay home save lives” and “we are in it together” are a new way of saying, “I still get a paycheck.”
– “listen to science” means “get attached to the first piece of information on COVID you ever heard like it’s an article of faith and don’t abandon it no matter what new information comes in.
What am I forgetting?