Written by - Marta Cooper -
November 03, 2016
Lexicographers at dictionary publisher Collins have chosen “Brexit” as the most significant English word of 2016, describing it as the most influential political term for the English language since the Watergate scandal gave birth to a convenient shorthand for wrongdoing.
The publisher claims the use of the term for Britain’s exit from the EU, which was first recorded in 2013, has increased by more than 3,400% this year. It’s also given rise to numerous spin-off phrases, evidence of its significance, Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said in a statement.