I found people use "pre-covid" to refer to the days before COVID-19 spreads.

Of course, it makes sense. The question is whether it is appropriate to use the term in a formal situation, something like business meeting. Could someone please give a hint? Thanks in advance.

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    What kind of formal context are you talking about here? Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 1:41
  • @Fivesideddice Something like business meeting.
    – WXJ96163
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 1:50

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Your context is important. If you are engaged in an online discussion or email exchange, I think it is fine to say "pre-covid". In a formal situation, such as an academic paper, you could say something like, "Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic..."

  • Academic papers use coined phrases all the time. You'd want to introduce it first with something like you suggested, but repeatedly using "pre-covid" thereafter would raise no eyebrows. Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 6:51

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