‘Brexit means Brexit’, Boris Johnson has handily reminded the nation today, as the high court ruled that Article 50 could not be triggered without a parliamentary vote. Today is a big day for ‘Brexit’ in another way, as the word itself has also been announced as the Collins Dictionary word of the year. But the ambiguity surrounding the definition ‘Brexit’ and whether it means ‘Brexit’ or something close to ‘Brexit is apparently quite problematic.
1. Definitions now come with t&c’s
Brexit means Brexit*
*Terms and conditions apply.
— Adam Lowe (@AdLowey) 3 November 2016
2. It’s one of those words, you know.. it’s complicated.
Brexit means…now hang on, I had it written down on a piece of paper somewhere…
— Keith Burge (@carryonkeith) 3 November 2016
3. “Sum up Brexit in a sentence”
Brexit means Brexit but also not Brexit but kind of Brexit but that Brexit maybe this Brexit but with a hint of Brexit
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 3 November 2016
4. We fear for your imagination, Joe.
brexit being a half-arsed compromise that we muddle through, moaning, is the most heroically patriotic thing I can imagine
— joe (@mutablejoe) 3 November 2016
5. This just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it…
Tbf “Brexit means Brexit subject to numerous legal challenges and a possible parliamentary vote” is a slightly less snappy soundbite
— Alan White (@aljwhite) 3 November 2016
6. When using Brexit in conversation…
UK: We might #Brexit
EU: Stay with us
UK: #Brexit it is!
EU: So be it, when?
UK: I’ll keep you posted
UK: Before March
— Maxime Sbaihi (@MxSba) 3 November 2016
7. Brexit plays a complex role in quantum theory.
Brexit means Brexit but not Brexit.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) 3 November 2016
8. Just this.
Brexit means pic.twitter.com/unbBxvpV9M
— Sophie Hall (@SophLouiseHall) 3 November 2016
9. Brexit means: a stubborn 10 year-old child who wants to grow up too fast.
Rest of world: don’t do anything crazy plz
UK: fk u we used to own u watch this
*money falls out of pockets
*cracks head open
— Liam Ryan (@liamoryan) 24 June 2016
Theresa May: ‘Brexit Means Brexit’
High Court: pic.twitter.com/GD2FLUdQOF
— Josh Haigh ? (@joshcharles_21) 3 November 2016
11. Brexit defined for ‘millennials’…
#Brexit – The GIF. pic.twitter.com/s1UUldZR4h
— Moritz Deutschmann (@MoDeutschmann) 20 June 2016
12. An analogy for Brexit.
2015 politics: ed miliband eats a sandwich a bit weirdly
2016 politics: everything is on fire
— Alice McMahon (@aliceisms) 28 June 2016
13. ‘Use Brexit in a sentence’.
— Brian Wecht (@bwecht) 28 October 2016