The Collins Dictionary have today announced their word of the year: Brexit.
Such a lovely bit of serendipity seeing as the word Brexit is being typed, yelped and belched all over the place again today.
There were nine other contenders for word of the year. In today’s blog I shall include them all, which should be easy as their qualification in the top ten is based on their common usage.
See if you can spot them. Answers at the bottom. Oooh it’s a quiz! Fingers on buzzers…
It looks like Brexit (that doesn’t count, I’ve already told you that one) may not mean Brexit after all, following a ruling in the high court today.
Three fellas in wigs (one of whom was GAY, I tell you) decided that Teresa May and her gang were breaking the law by not letting everyone in Parliament have a say in her Brexit plans. They ruled that she must approach things in an altogether more hygge-like way, with everyone getting together and having a nice cosy chat about it all.
This has been received badly by fellas like Ian Duncan Smith who were so looking forward to experiencing the JOMO on all those EU perks like a healthy pound and handy laws that stop us being too racist.
UKIP dived straight in to the aftermath, throwing shade on these three politically independent, highly qualified defenders of the law by labelling them ‘activist judges’ and calling for them to be sacked. An entirely reasonable response in this era of Trumpism where anyone who says or does things you don’t like must be immediately insulted, shamed and then fired.
It’s sort of sweet how these bullish defenders of national identity, these dude food-scoffing, anti-establishment, back-to-basics-types, who use the terminology of war to fight their cause, are so terribly sensitive when things don’t go their way.
Like the snowflake generation, they get all tetchy and offended if things aren’t fair like say, when a member of the public exercises their right to call the government to account and demand they do things like not break the law.
Of course IDS and his fellow Brexiteers would argue it’s these Remainers who are the flakes. All these bloody lefties, sharenting all over social media about how they don’t want their darling little sprogs to grow up in a disconnected, uberized, racist country brought about by a Leave campaign that was a bit offish facts-wise and maybe even stoked up a teeny bit of racism.
Ah, but fear not dearest Brexiteers. Another tier of judgement awaits in the supreme court where the judges hopefully will not be gay or keen on Europe.
And if you lose that appeal you can always take it to our beloved European Court of Justice. Those guys know all about the Lisbon Treaty…
hygge: a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing
JOMO: joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun
throw shade: to make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner
Trumpism: (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 Trumpfood
dude food: junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc considered particularly appealing to men
snowflake generation: the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations
sharenting: the habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of one’s children
uberization: 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
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
Do let me know which of these is YOUR word of the year…