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Brexit named word of the year, ahead of Trumpism and hygge

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After seeing an unprecedented surge in use, the term is said by lexicographers to be politicss most important contribution to the language for 40 years

Brexit has emerged ahead of Trumpism and hygge to be named the word of the year by Collins after seeing an unprecedented surge in use.

The dictionary publisher said that Brexit saw its first recorded usage in 2013, but has since increased in use by more than 3,400% this year as the referendum approached in June, and as the ramifications have played out since. Such an increase, said Collins, is unheard of since it began monitoring word usage.

Brexit is arguably politicss most important contribution to the English language in over 40 years, since the Watergate scandal gave commentators and comedians the suffix -gate to make any incident or scandal infinitely more compelling, said Helen Newstead, Collinss head of language content.

According to Newstead, Brexit is proving even more useful and adaptable than Watergate. As well as its obvious definition as the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and its spawning of words including bremain and bremorse, the term has also inspired a lot of wordplay, said Collins. She pointed to BrexPitt or Bradxit, referring to the end of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitts marriage, Mexit, for the footballer Lionel Messis retirement, and Bakexit, about the BBCs loss of The Great British Bake Off. It was added to the current print edition of Collins Dictionary earlier this year.

Other contenders for Collinss word of the year included Trumpism. Trump is not the first politician to have had his name co-opted by language: Thatcherism and Reaganomics, for example, said Newstead. However, the longevity of Trumpism as a word may depend on his success in the forthcoming election.

Collins 10-strong list of final contenders for the top spot, which will appear in Collinsdictionary.com, also included snowflake generation, which it defines as the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations, and the Danish concept of hygge, or creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing.

The phrase throw shade, which Collins said was made popular in gay communities in late 1980s America, and which it defines as to make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner, also made Collinss list, as did sharenting (the habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of ones children).

Most of this years words are used by or relate to the generation born towards the end of the last century. They are the drivers of dude food, quickest to throw shade or mic drop. They may be referred to by some as the snowflake generation, but they are the most likely to rail against Brexit and Trumpism. Their contribution to the constant evolution of the English language should not be overlooked, said Newstead.

Collinss words of the year, with full definitions

Brexit (brzt) noun: the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

dude food (dud fud) noun: junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc considered particularly appealing to men

hygge (hy) noun: a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing

JOMO(dm) noun acronym:joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying ones current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun

mic drop (mak drp) noun: a theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance

sharenting (rnt) noun: the habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of ones children

snowflake generation (snflek dnren) noun: the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations

throw shade (r ed) verb: to make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner

Trumpism (trmpzm) noun: (1) the policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of US national interests (2) a controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump

uberization(ubrazen) noun: the adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/03/brexit-named-word-of-the-year-ahead-of-trumpism-and-hygge

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