2016's Word of the Year is, Unsurprisingly, "Brexit"

By Gary Cutlack on at

The use of the word "Brexit" rocketed by some 3,400 per cent this year, leaving dictionary maker Collins in no doubt as to what it means -- it's the Word of the Year.

Brexit beat other newcomers to these shores like "hygge" -- some sort of hippy thing about eating sweets by the fire while wearing expensive socks like you're in an advert for cough medicine -- and "mic drop," the act of definitely ending a discussion by saying the best thing. "Trumpism" was also on the list of contenders, and you can make up your own meaning for that one.

Collins' blog on the matter explains the meaning of Brexit as: "So far it has meant tears, huzzahs, a new Prime Minister, an old racism, promises made and broken, known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns, hypotheses, assertions, doubt, fear, uncertainty, hope, celebration and the promise of more excitement – and a lot less medical funding, international trade and full time – in the future."

It also means lots of angry comments and everyone saying everyone else is wrong, stupid and believing the lies of the wrong side, helping to make 2016 the most tedious ever year for internet discussion. [Collins]

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