COVIDIOT: The latest slang people are using to describe spring breakers, toilet-paper hoarders, and politicians during the coronavirus pandemic

Victor Ruiz Garcia/Getty ImagesSome people are calling those who ignore social distancing COVIDIOTs.

What’s a COVIDIOT?

Urban Dictionary defines the latest coronavirus-era slang term as “someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety” during the pandemic, as reported by Ben Cost for the New York Post.

Other Urban Dictionary entries categorise a COVIDIOT as someone “who stubbornly ignores ‘social distancing’ protocol, thus helping to further spread COVID-19” and someone “who hoards groceries, needlessly spreading COVID-19 fears, and depriving others of vital supplies.” Another definition describes it as someone who “likely hasn’t clue one about the actual disease.”

Twitter users around the world have been tweeting the hashtag #COVIDIOT.

Some are pointing to spring breakers as an example. They have been crowding beaches everywhere from Florida to Texas and have even been seeing partying it up on a booze cruise in the Bahamas.^tfw

Brady Sluder, a spring breaker who vacationed in Miami last week, went viral for his comments to Reuters. “If I get corona, I get corona,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying. You know, I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting, for Miami spring break for about two months we’ve had this trip planned. Two, three months, and we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”

He later apologised for the “insensitivity” of his comments in an Instagram post, saying, “I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments.”

There’s also the outrage over an Instagram model who posted a video of herself on TikTok licking an aeroplane toilet seat as part of a self-declared “coronavirus challenge.”

And people are dismayed at those hoarding necessities, such as toilet paper. Despite governments and suppliers warning citizens not to do so, people from Australia to America have been spotted panic buying.

Some have even used the term to express their disagreement with how world leaders and politicians like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

COVIDIOT is just the latest addition to the memes internet users are making about the coronavirus pandemic.

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