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Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named 'word of the year'

According to Collins, anyway.

Pro-Brexit campaigner, and now UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson
Pro-Brexit campaigner, and now UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson
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‘BREXIT’ HAS BEEN named as Collins’ word of the year.

The dictionary publisher said use of ‘Brexit’ has increased by more than 3,400% so far this year, an “unheard of” increase.

The word, of course referring to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, saw off competition from ‘Trumpism’, ‘throw shade’ and ‘mic drop’, among others.

Here’s what some of the other words and phrases on the list mean:

Trumpism: The policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of American national interests/a controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump.

Throw shade: To make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner.

Mic drop: 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.

Hygge: A concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing.

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Sharenting: The habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of one’s children.

JOMO: Joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun (yes, it is the opposite of FOMO).

The full list can be read here.

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