CURFEW – The Word of the Month for October 2020

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.


A curfew: Restriction requiring people to be off the streets or in their homes at night.

Etymology: From French: “Cover + fire,” a warning to avoid accidental fires. Timeless advice.

Curfews in the news

This month, selected European cities imposed curfews to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The resolution is unpopular among youth, bar and restaurant patrons but a tremendous relief for introverts and owls.

Potential reasons to break curfew

Human interaction: Overrated. All you need is a good mirror to chat with.

Pets: “Yes officer, my ferret needs to be walked 8 times a day.”

Dating: So now we have to wear a condom and a mask? 2020 is truly terrible.

Boredom: Why be bored when there’s so much to panic about?

Pros and cons of curfew


* Spend more time with your partner and children.

* Cook for yourself and eat healthy.

* More time to catch up on current events.

Cons: All of the above.

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