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Collins dictionary just announced that “Brexit” as word of the year beating “Trumpism” and “hygge”

The dictionary publisher said that Brexit saw its first recorded usage in 2013, but this year saw a 3,400% rise due to the EU referendum in June and the ensuing fallout.

“‘Brexit’ is arguably politics’s 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,” Helen Newstead, Collins’s head of language content told Guardian UK.

Following up Brexit's rear was 'Trumpism' which has been derived from the name of US presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Trump is not the first politician to have had his name co-opted by language," Newstead continued, citing ‘Thatcherism’ and ‘Reaganomics’ as previous examples. The longevity of ‘Trumpism’ as a word may depend on his success in the forthcoming election.” Newstead added.

Other terms on the Collins list included hygge and “dude food,” which refers to “junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc considered particularly appealing to men.”

Collins’s words of the year, with full definitions:

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

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

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

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

mic drop (ˈmaɪk ˌdrɒp) 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 (ˈʃɛərəntɪŋ) noun: the habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of one’s children

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

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

Trumpism (ˈtrʌmpɪzəm) 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 (ˌuːbəraɪˈzeɪʃən) 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.

Last year's word of the year was binge-watch, the act of viewing a large number of television programmes in succession.


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