|The tailgate on Chumley has a 'boo-boo' - UNPRECENDENTED!|
|Unprecedented stack of things in the Truck Barn...|
|Soup has never rolled around between this ladder and building before...|
|The chickens have never... oh, wait. They have. Never mind.|
Case in point. "These are unprecedented times with the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantines, shelter-in-place, etc."
But, this is not without precedent. And many of the people that use 'unprecedented' for the current times will, in the same conversation, refer to the 1918 flu epidemic. By default, they already know that there is/was a precedent. Huh? Perhaps we're using the word 'unprecedented' as an excuse for our failure not to look critically at prior pandemics and learn from them? Hmmmmm.
|This fence is falling down. Unprecedented - for this fence.|
But, these all miss the point that 'unprecedented' implies a certain enormity that is lost when we over-use it. These certainly ARE exceptional times. So, with respect to the pandemic, maybe I'll get over it.
But, the fence... unprecedented, I tell you!