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A new term has [engaged / emerged] with the advent of the coronavirus outbreak. The word "caremongering" started [tending / trending] after acts of kindness in Canada. The word comes from the [less / few] positive word "scaremongering" which is a recognised part of the English lexicon. It is not yet [known / knowing] whether the word "caremongering" will stay around [long / short] enough for dictionary editors to include [it / them] in future editions of their word lists. "Caremongering" [aroused / arose] after Canadians found new ways of helping [vulnerability / vulnerable] people during the COVID-19 virus. Social media is [helping / helped] to spread the concept across Canada. Within 72 hours of the term trending, over 35 Facebook groups were set [down / up] with more than 30,000 members.

The founders of the first caremongering group [spoken / spoke] about the meaning of the name. Valentina Harper [spoke / told] the BBC: "Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to [switch / swish] that around and get people to connect on a [positivity / positive] level, to connect with each other." She added: "Caremongering has [speared / spread] the opposite of panic in people, brought [exit / out] community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at [risky / risk] ." Ms Harper explained why caremongering was [important / importance] in society. She said: "Anxiety, isolation and lack of hope [affects / effects] you....This virtual community...is really showing people there is [still / last] hope for humanity. We haven't lost our hope."

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