Are you bi-Pfi or bi-Az? How to join the vax populi

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Are you a fully immunized person? Half your luck. At last count, only one in 10 of us can claim that status, the two-jab citizen who needs a tighter etiquette. Australia does not do long names well. “Person completely vaccinated” needs a haircut, if only to speed up the dialogue.

Explaining my plea on Twitter, a cry to reduce awkwardness. Who can create a catchy synonym for the same individual? Not out of euphony, this lyrical art of softening the sound of a language, but out of necessity.

An arraignment on Twitter led to an online deluge. My grievance was universal.Credit:Jo Gay

Think about it. By the time we make eight syllables tune, or even put those 21 letters on paper, a certain virus can sneak into a suburb. Jump on a train. Gatecrash a school. Prune the name and save yourself vital seconds. Best of all, you forge a neater badge, eye-catching personalized ID for billboards and doorstops. Be a voice actor! A vaxonaut! A two-stroke wonder!

This is just a glimpse of the online deluge. My grievance was universal. For such a key figure in the COVID-19 counterattack, the fully vaccinated person has a boring epithet. Three cumbersome words for a citizen twice, it was a big pain in the neck.

Alternatives were swallowed all day, from A (armed) to Z (Zenacat), from jabizen to recidivac. Historian David Hunt, author of Belt and True Girt (both with Black Inc), opted for W’s visual gag, a marriage of two Vs as well as a hieroglyph representing a pair of needles.

The fully vaccinated person has a tiresome epithet. Three cumbersome words for a citizen twice, it was a big pain in the neck.

Duality was actually a strong theme among the responses, an attempt to defog the data, where darker press releases would actively conflate the fully vaccinated person with the partially vaccinated person, as if the orphan socks in your drawer are as useful as complete pairs.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton receives his AstraZeneca needle at the Royal Exhibition Center.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton receives his AstraZeneca needle at the Royal Exhibition Center.Credit:Getty

Hence the double flavor of twixer and boxer (owner of two jabs). Or bi-Pfi and bi-Az, doppeljabber and bivaxual, twinshot or antibody-double. Nicholas J Johnson, a professional magician, spoke of the wonder of doppio, in honor of the double blow. Although my darling in this category came from Lye Lin Ho, who offered binoculars.

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