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January 2022

The Scrivener, English Test for Lawyers: Fall Semester 2021

By Elizabeth Scott Moïse

SC Lawyer

Reprinted with permission

  1. What is the correct spelling of the coronavirus that has shut down courts, schools, and businesses around the world for the past two years.

(A) Covid-19
(B) COVID-19
(C) Covid 19

(A) Covid-19 or (B) COVID-19

"COVID" is an acronym: "CO" stands for "corona"; "VI" for "virus"; "D" for "disease." "19" is the year it was discovered. See

(B) is the spelling used by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Modern Language Association's MLA HandbookChicago Manual of Style, and Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and most courts. However (A) is also used by other respected authorities and courts.

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