What Does It Mean to Fauci Someone? As if modern dating wasn’t stressful enough, people now have to be concerned about “Fauci-ing” someone.
For the past year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s primary medical advisor, has been striving to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 epidemic. He’s become the de facto face of the government’s response to the virus, calling for mask use and social distance, updating the public of scheduled reopening, and now, weighing in on American dating.
Plenty of Fish invented the word “Fauci-ing”, which allegedly entails cutting someone off for not taking social distancing measures seriously enough. In November 2020, the phrase was added to Urban Dictionary.
During a call for Axis on HBO, Margaret Talev, an Axios editor, asked Fauci about the word.
“Given that you’re attempting to cure a pandemic and everything”, Talev speculated, “you might not have a lot of time to study the Urban Dictionary”. “However, there is now a dating phrase known as ‘Fauci-ing’ someone. Do you have any idea what that means?”
Talev stated to Fauci that he is now the namesake for breaking up with someone on pandemic fears. It made Fauci snicker, and he exclaimed, “I’m going to Fauci you!”
On Urban Dictionary, his name has become a term for a variety of pandemic-related activities, like correcting a hyperbolic statement, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and measuring a unit of length equal to at least six feet. And, as Mashable reporter Anna Iovine pointed out, the habit of coining cutesy phrases to describe courting conduct is getting old, especially when it encourages disrespectful behavior.
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of “Fauci-ing” someone; Fauci hasn’t either. It’s perfectly acceptable to dump someone because of their risky behavior. But call it what it is contributing to the end of the pandemic.