OtherCountries_ExitFromTheEU: better portmanteaux

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Or is it portmanteaus? Anyhow, forget Portugexit and Italexit and the rest:

Update — now that Leave has won the referendum, we should be talking about Brexiit (3rd singular perfective indicative active), or perhaps more realistically Brexibit (3rd singular future indicative active), or maybe some other combination of aspect, mood, and tense…


  1. Bill Anthony said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

    How about Denwalk? Scramdinavia?

  2. GeorgeW said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    But, we would still expect Geremain and Francin.

  3. Matt Williams said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

    As long as there's a Remania, I'm happy.

  4. Jan said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

    Ausfahrt is quite appropriate.

  5. Peter Taylor said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    Meanwhile, the result of the other big election in Europe this week is likely to be Spainful.

  6. David Marjanović said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

    I think I have useful things to say about the previous post, but comments are closed. ~:-|

    The reason why Schäufele isn't in the dictionary is because it's a dialect form; the Standard diminutives of Schaufel are Schäuflein and Schäufelchen. The reason why Fränkische Schäufele (yes, ä both times) aren't in the dictionary is because they're not widely known; I didn't know them either. Finally, "Franconian" would be a better translation than "Frankish" in this case.

    I'm sure Schaufel and shovel are cognates; I can't figure out how to make the first vowel of scapula fit.

  7. Y said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    Brexit and Ingland — sorry, I mean Brita-in — are really close still.

  8. Y said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 4:47 pm


  9. David said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Surely "Slovakuate"?

  10. Jerry Friedman said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    In the comments at Twitter, Alvin Carpio says he got it from someone else, and others credit it to Rahul Goma Phulore (@missingfaktor).

  11. GH said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 6:46 pm


  12. wren romano said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    The original tweet is https://twitter.com/missingfaktor/status/745397014276497408. As usual, a white man shamelessly took credit for a POC's work

  13. Szescstopni said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    And there's Polish Wypol ("Wypierdolenie Polski" – "Poland GTFOing", or "Poland getting screwed")

  14. Matt said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

    Meanwhile, on the political periphery, longstanding national policies of Normeh, Ehtenstein, and That'sniceland remain unchanged.

  15. Gregory Kusnick said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 9:50 pm


  16. Y said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 10:13 pm


  17. champacs said,

    June 23, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

    This is better: http://qz.com/713953/possible-names-for-eu-exits-for-all-members-of-the-eu/

  18. RP said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 5:05 am

    The odd thing is that "Grexit" has nothing to do with exiting the EU. "Grexit" refers to a hypothetical Greek exit from the single currency, the euro – whereas "Brexit" refers to the UK (which has never adopted the euro) exiting the EU.

  19. gribley said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 8:45 am


  20. Vulcan With a Mullet said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 9:15 am

    Brexit, pursued by a bear

    (I guess this would only work if Russia were involved though :)

  21. cameron said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 9:36 am

    Given how close the vote was, I wonder whether things would have turned out differently if the press in the UK had framed the question as "the Bremain vote".

  22. Robert Coren said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am

    "or maybe some other combination of aspect, mood, and tense…"

    Well, this aspect of things has made my mood tense, anyway.

  23. V said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    David Marjanović: It's funny that I knew what Schäufele is when I read that post, only because once I made it a personal quest to find all the ways pork shoulder is prepared in Europe.

  24. CPBrown said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    Disunited Kingdom instead of Brexit.

  25. glenf said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

    Untied Kingdom?

  26. AntC said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

    Scot free?

  27. ryan said,

    June 24, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    Slovakout isn't bad, but I prefer Slovakuation.

  28. Gav said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 5:06 am

    Anyway, shouldn't it be Grexodus?

  29. GeorgeW said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 5:46 am

    It looks like there will be a Scootland.

  30. David Bloom said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    Should Germany wish to leave it could have a Degress.

  31. Kaleberg said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 11:34 pm

    Re: David Marjanović's remark

    It probably was shovel. The relevant bone even looks like a shovel with its broad blade, the shoulder blade. I'm not surprised it was delicious. The shoulder is one of the tastiest parts of a pig.

  32. DJL said,

    June 27, 2016 @ 3:29 am

    Gerxit for Germany's exit, obviously pronounced jerK-Sit.

  33. Weltanschauung said,

    June 27, 2016 @ 10:48 am

    Castile away and Aragone

  34. David Marjanović said,

    July 1, 2016 @ 3:40 am

    Öxit (for Austria, Österreich) has been sighted in the wild.

    (I guess this would only work if Russia were involved though :)

    Putin and Trump were for the Brexit…

    It probably was shovel. The relevant bone even looks like a shovel with its broad blade, the shoulder blade.

    Oh! The shoulder blade! Scapula does double duty for "shovel" and "shoulder blade".

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