How do you sum up an entire year in a single word or phrase? This was the question that drove my first-ever collection of headlines that attempted to do so back in 2016 (the year of "Zika," "Snapchat," and "worst year in history" — little did we know).
Normally when I round up the internet's attempts to distill the past 12 months, a pattern begins to emerge slowly, the way 2018 came to be defined by women and the aftershocks of #MeToo, or how 2017 was shaped by President Trump. Not so for 2020, when it is abundantly clear what event set the tone for the year.
In fact, "2020 was so many things, it eludes easy summary as 'The Year of ...'," The Des Moines Register's Rick Autry warns. But, being human, we tried regardless to find the words to sum up a year that none of us will ever forget.
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