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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.

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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.

 

 

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