Here is something I did in my spare time in these weird days. Hope you like it...

The unprecedented collects every sentence that I’ve received via email through March 2020 that includes the word ‘unprecedented’, used in relation to the current coronavirus crisis. For this project, I’ve been looking into newsletters, announcements, personal correspondence and spam.

The current condition, its effects and solutions, are frequently defined as ‘unprecedented’, for lack of a better word. At the same time, the repetition turns an unspeakable crisis into something manageable. It becomes a known unknown. At some point in the near future, the COVID-19 crisis will no longer be newsworthy. We’ll get used to it. Language contributes to this process of normalisation. The unprecedented becomes business as usual. This collection premediates that future condition, and captures the unprecedented as it becomes preceded.

The unprecedented is an exercise in uncreative writing.

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This is an unprecedented time in our history.

The current pandemic is unprecedented in modern times.

We hope that you, your family, and loved ones are all healthy during these unprecedented times.

Our country is facing unprecedented times right now.

The interventions being made to manage the spread of coronavirus are unprecedented.

I’m writing to thank you for all your hard work, especially as the coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, bringing unprecedented events and great concerns.

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented movement in financial markets.

As the spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for our city region, we are working in a range of ways to offer support to our local NHS acute hospitals.  

Thanks so much for your valuable input as we find our way through this unprecedented situation.

We would like to remind you that in the face of this unprecedented health situation, we are all involved in ensuring the smooth operation of your services.

Assessment should fairly reflect the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing.

However, due to the closure of the buildings in these unprecedented circumstances, we will be unable to make digitisations of the library’s print materials for the time being.  

As we respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the absolute priority in our decision-making will always be the wellbeing and health and safety of our staff and students and our duty to maintain the University’s financial stability.

As well as creating significant and serious issues, we are aware these unprecedented times also create opportunities for us to provide solutions to this global challenge. 

We’d like to thank you all for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Do something which you enjoy, which will help to relieve the stresses which this unprecedented public health crisis will bring. 

It’s important that Americans know that their President and their government are behind them 100%, which is why President Trump has announced he will be taking unprecedented emergency action to provide financial relief for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others.

We have welcomed a number of steps taken by the University so far during an unprecedented crisis – particularly the move to suspend face-to-face teaching, the increase in people working from home, and the assurances that all staff including hourly paid and other precarious workers will still continue to be paid is welcomed by all I’m sure.

Over the last few days the executive team and the trustees of the BGI have been discussing this unprecedented crisis and how the NVM should react. 

We are in an unprecedented situation.

Coronavirus: the unknown and unprecedented risk.

It’s also really important to look after yourself in these unprecedented times.

These are unprecedented times and I would like to thank our teams up and down the country for the work they are doing and you, our customers, for your patience and support.

We wish you well as we face this monster of a global pandemic: please stay safe in this unprecedented time of crisis.

The interventions being made to manage the spread of coronavirus are unprecedented – and are clearly going to affect almost all aspects of life.

Our country is facing unprecedented times right now and President Trump is working around the clock to keep our Nation and its citizens safe. 

The ‘corona flu’ that Trump waves off is an unprecedented danger to geriatric populations, with a potential death toll in the millions.

As anxious and uncomfortable as they were, people recognized that the community's collective survival was at stake and accepted the unprecedented measures.

This is an unprecedented situation that changes daily, even hourly.

We’d like to thank you all for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. 

The "unprecedented" measures the government has rolled out.

However, we are also clear that assessment should fairly reflect the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing and we have put a range of measures in place to ensure this is the case.

As the spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for our city region, we are working in a range of ways to offer support to our local NHS acute hospitals. 

The uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has left many people feeling afraid, anxious and helpless.

Coronavirus: India Under Unprecedented 21-Day Lockdown.

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an “unprecedented” range of measures to help individuals and businesses through the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the world's nations: Choose between economy and health.

Coronavirus-related sports cancellations are 'unprecedented'.

The restrictions ordered today are unprecedented in modern history and will create many inconveniences.

Virus pandemic an unprecedented test for a young generation.

In a time when our Nation is facing unprecedented challenges, it’s important that we remember that we are all in this together and that we will come back STRONGER than ever before.

Due to the high volume of flight cancellations due to COVID 19, we are experiencing an unprecedented high volume of requests.

Numerous countries around the globe have adopted unprecedented measures to limit the further spread of the virus and reduce the number of future victims.

The scale of the crisis facing our country today is unprecedented.

The COVID–19 crisis is forcing unprecedented changes on all of us, not just in the way that we live our own lives but in the way we consider the lives of those around us.

On the other hand, the present, unprecedented situation has made media and communication issues more topical than ever.

From myself and all my colleagues at Norwegian, I would like to thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented situation.

And together, we will share the seriously good news of our seriously good God – even in this most “unprecedented” of times.

Dr. Paolo Ruffino