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B is for Brexicon, Brexiety, Brexend… and binary

IT IS billed as the A-Z of Brexit — although Collins’s new ‘Brexicon’ does have an unusally large number of entries filed under the letter B.

Brexiteer, Brexiety, cakeism, flextension, no-deal, Project Fear, remainer and remoaner all make the dictionary’s list of words brought into use by Britain’s exit from the EU.

Helen Newstead, of Collins, said: ‘The dictionary has no opinion on Brexit other than to say it has been quite generous in its gifts to the English language, as well as, I am sure, inspiring the use of many old-fashioned expletives.

‘The Brexicon could be even longer, but we feel our selection sums up many of the key themes since Collins named Brexit word of the year in 2016. As the process continues through this latest flextension, no doubt more words will emerge until we come to a Brexend.’

Taking in other major news events in 2019, Collins also recognised the word ‘non-binary’ and named ‘climate strike’ its word of the year.

The additions follow singer Sam Smith coming out as non-binary — someone not defining themself exclusively as male or female — and teenager Greta Thunberg launching a global environmental movement.