We’re at war: The language of COVID-19

Steve Howe
7 min readApr 7, 2020

Harry Potter’s nasally-challenged nemesis, Lord Voldemort, is so feared that he’s referred to as “He Who Must Not Be Named” by people of the wizarding world.

Much like a J.K. Rowling character, I find myself stumbling over my words as I talk about… you know… the situation we’re all in. The, um, current climate. These strange times. *Whispers* The virus thing.

I’ve heard others do it, too. It seems we’re all living under the “Voldemort effect”, not wanting to call out a chilling reality by its name. Although much lower on the Maslow…

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Steve Howe

Content designer, short fiction dabbler, foreign language flirt. I do words and that at Shopify.