What Do You Call the Person Who Exposes You to Covid-19?

 Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.”

–Sigmund Freud.

I literally don’t understand 90% of the scientific terms on the resumé of my 21 year-old, premed son.

In the course of doing volunteer contact tracing for Santa Clara county (Bay Area), he’s had to learn even more terminology.

So, when he used the term “co-actor” in connection with a housemate who’d recently been exposed to Covid-19, I assumed he was simply using medical jargon.


The housemate was in play rehearsals, and one of her castmates (“co-actors”) had gotten sick.

Thankfully, the housemate (“co-resident??”) tested negative a few days later.

“Rising Sophomores,” etc.

Unbeknownst to me, higher education has minted a new adjective for the gap between academic years — as in, “after sophomore year, but before junior year.”

Such a student is now referred to as a “rising junior.”

Umm . . . Ok.

To me, however, that term suggests a blue blood scion ascending in the family business (Law firm? Investment banking?).

Alternatively, it begs the question: Is a college student on the verge of flunking out a falling sophomore/junior/senior?? 🙂

See also, If “Colloboration” is Good, Why Are “Colloborators” Bad?

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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