Posted on 05/31/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When, where, and why did the phrase “social distancing” first appear?

If your guess was this past spring over the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’d actually be wrong.

We will tell you that sociologist Karl Mannheim coined it in 1957; head to the Guardian to have Steven Poole explain the rest.

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