December 2020

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To jab: to pierce or poke with something sharp; (boxing) to punch with a short, quick blow.

A (vaccine) jab (UK, informal): A hypodermic injection (US: a shot).

Jabs in the news

This month, a British woman became the first person to receive a jab with a Coronavirus vaccine.

Margaret Keenan, 90, later claimed the heroin was "a bit weak" for her taste.

Don’t confuse "jab" with:

Jaw: the bone at the bottom of your face mask.

To jabber: to talk rapidly about nothing. Essential for politicians.

Jabba the Hutt: At 604 years old, this overweight Star Wars gangster is first in line for a COVID jab.

Alternatives to jab

Prayer: Efficiency debatable, but compatible with most US healthcare plans.

Eat your greens: A drastic measure. May boost your immune system though.

Shots: While waiting for your jab, doctors recommend whiskey, viagra or morphine for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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