23 items of vital vocabulary you’ll need to know in 2023

In 2020 and 2021 the world embarked on a crash course in epidemiology and vaccinology. Novel expressions such as “flattening the curve”, “viral load”, “spike protein” and “mRNA vaccines” became part of the public discourse. Then in 2022 the war in Ukraine made it grimly necessary to learn new terms, such as “himars” and “counter-battery fire”. What terms of art will enter wider circulation in 2023?