Not lost for words – Brexit speak heads for the dictionary

Milkshake – verb – to throw a milkshake to humiliate a political figure

Over the last three years hundreds of millions of words have been said and written about Brexit.

And a few have entered our everyday language.

Now, Collins Dictionary has published the ten most popular words and their meaning in a special “Brexicon”.

In alphabetical order they are:

Brexiteer – noun – a supporter or architect of the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union

Brexiety – noun – a state of heightened anxiety triggered by concerns about the imminent withdrawal of Britain from the European Union

Cakeism – noun – a wish to enjoy two desirable but incompatible alternatives

Flextension – noun – An informal agreement to extend the time allowed for payment of a debt or completion of a contract, setting a new date that can be altered depending on future events

Milkshake – verb – to throw a milkshake or similar drink over a public figure to humiliate him or her

No-deal – adjective – denoting a situation in which two parties fail to reach an agreement about how to proceed

Project Fear – noun – a name given to any political campaign that seeks to arouse public alarm about proposed changes to the status quo

Prorogue – verb – to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it

Stockpiling – noun – the activity of acquiring and storing large quantities of goods

Remainer – noun – a person who believes Britain should remain in the European Union.

Remoaner – noun – a person who continues to argue that Britain should remain in the European Union despite the result of the referendum of 2016.



About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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