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Entry from April 09, 2020
“Bumping elbows is the new first base”

"First base,” in sexual terms, is usually kissing.  The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic encouraged “social distancing” (six feet away) and changed the bases.

“Is the new first base just being less than 3 feet from each other’s faces?” was posted on Twitter by Sandeep Parikh on March 14, 2020. “Standing less than 6 feet apart is the new first base i’m sorry i don’t make the rules” was posted on Twitter by sim diesel on March 24, 2020. “Getting within 6 feet is the new first base” was posted on Twitter by Kate J on April 8, 2020.

“Seeing a girl without her face mask is the new first base #coronapocolypse #dating2020” was posted on Twitter by Joe Fox on March 16, 2020. “Coronavirus—taking off her mask is the new first base was posted on Twitter by Jan Brown on March 26, 2020. “So. Is finally seeing him/her/them without the mask the new first base?” was posted on Twitter by Jason DeWitt on April 7, 2020. “Taking a girl’s mask off is the new first base” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on April 10, 2020.

“The elbow bump is the new first base” was posted on Twitter by Toni Riales, photog. on March 16, 2020. “‘Bumping elbows is the new first base’ @jonlovett” was posted on Twitter by Anita Cheeseburger on March 17, 2020. “Bumping elbows is the new first base” was posted on Twitter by God’s worst mistake later on March 17, 2020.

“Shaking hands is the new first base Baseball” was posted on Twitter by Liv Milano on March 24, 2020. “The handshake is the new First Base” was posted on Twitter by Jorge Jettison on April 2, 2020. “Shaking hands is the new first base” was posted on Twitter by Ralph Garcia on April 3, 2020.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Wikipedia: First_base (disambiguation)
First base can mean:

. First baseman in baseball.
. Slang for kissing, a baseball metaphor for sex.

Urban Dictionary
Sexual Bases
1st Base - Is Kissing, french, open mouth or just a peck. Also any above the belt touching is included in this base
2nd Base - Hands below the belt. Fingering for girls or hand jobs for the guys.
3rd Base - When mouths are used below the belt. Essentially going down on a guy or girl. also This base includes the sex toys.
4th Base or Home base/plate - Going “all the way,” doing the deed, Slamming it, Fucking, Sex, intercourse, “doin it,” getting friskey so on and so forth.
(...)
by FoXyCaRmEn December 05, 2009

Twitter
Sandeep Parikh
@sandeepparikh
Is the new first base just being less than 3 feet from each other’s faces?
4:57 PM · Mar 14, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Toni Riales, photog.
@toniriales
The elbow bump is the new first base.
7:46 PM · Mar 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Joe Fox
@therealjoefox
Seeing a girl without her face mask is the new first base #coronapocolypse #dating2020
9:16 PM · Mar 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Anita Cheeseburger
@msXsw
“Bumping elbows is the new first base” @jonlovett
10:29 AM · Mar 17, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Lily Donnelly Smith
@lilydsmith
Bumping elbows is the new first base. Sorry I don’t make the rules.
12:49 PM · Mar 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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God’s worst mistake
@suschuch
Bumping elbows is the new first base
4:39 PM · Mar 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Jen
@jenlynn617
is touching elbows the new first base?
11:17 PM · Mar 18, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Liv Milano
@livmilano
Shaking hands is the new first base Baseball
2:02 AM · Mar 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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sim diesel
@eatpraydelete
standing less than 6 feet apart is the new first base i’m sorry i don’t make the rules
5:01 PM · Mar 24, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Jan Brown
@yearningangel
Replying to @HaikuCommentary
coronavirus—
taking off her mask
is the new first base
2:17 PM · Mar 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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yoganloung
@younglogan04
Will hugging be the new first base after all of this?
3:54 PM · Mar 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Thom Harp
@thomharp
Is face touching going to be the new first base?
4:27 PM · Mar 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Jorge Jettison
@fairelyethereal
The handshake is the new First Base.
10:54 AM · Apr 2, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Ralph Garcia
@specialist_rg
Shaking hands is the new first base.
10:21 PM · Apr 3, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Jason DeWitt
@JasonDeWitt15
So. Is finally seeing him/her/them without the mask the new first base?
2:09 AM · Apr 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Kate J
@QTPiK8
Replying to @alexand_erleon
Getting within 6 feet is the new first base.
10:47 AM · Apr 8, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Benjamin Grinspan
@BennyGrin
Ok sounds like to get people back to work we’re all going to have to wear masks for the next year.
...which begs the question - when on a date do you take off your mask? Is that the new first base?
Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines Wednesday to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to…
apnews.com
1:46 PM · Apr 8, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Baylee
@BayleePerez
The new first base is going to be taking your mask off in front of them
6:54 PM · Apr 9, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Jason McInsideRecessHaver Rose
@JMill1120
Holding hands is the new first base
Quote Tweet
The Hill
@thehill
· Apr 8
JUST IN: Fauci: I don’t think we should shake hands “ever again” http://hill.cm/z4KDLVE
1:56 AM · Apr 10, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Afterthelurking April 10, 2020
Taking a girl’s mask off is the new first base.
Kissing might be bumped up to third base?

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