A phrase equally drained of that means by overuse is “the brand new regular.” This phrase was first used to explain the drastic adjustments in our lives brought on by the pandemic — adjustments in employment, housing, earnings, training, and so forth. Because the pandemic wore on, nonetheless, its that means has been stretched to explain any COVID-19 workaround, irrespective of how trivial or insignificant, reminiscent of dwelling supply of groceries. And plenty of issues touted as “the brand new regular” are usually not all that new. For instance, video enterprise conferences, distant work, on-line courting or on-line faculty programs. Then there’s the grammatical uncertainty of what comes after the “the brand new regular.” When the pandemic is over, will we return to the outdated regular? Normality, normalcy or, like, regular, dude?