"You Brexit, you bought it"

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Roni Stern, "If you Brexit — You Bought it", Finance Magnates 4/20/2016. Also, Annie Laurie, "Brexit? I hardly even touched it!", Balloon Juice 6/25/2016. And many tweets, e.g.

Other humorous responses include a New Yorker cover:

And this future news story:

Thousands Of British Refugees Make Dangerous Journey Across The Irish Sea



  1. Levantine said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    A little off-topic, but I wanted to follow up on the earlier post on how people say 'Brexit'. Based on what I've heard over the past week on the BBC, the -gz- pronunciation is not uncommon on this side of the pond either. It sounds fine to my ears, but 'Grexit' said in this way doesn't, probably because of the K in 'Greek'.

  2. Theophylact said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

    Funny I never thought about "egzit", but it's what makes possible the pun about "putting all one's Basques in one exit".

  3. unknownsoldier said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    I was thinking "Borxit" . . .

  4. thunk said,

    June 25, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

    Seen on the #xkcd irc channel: "You Brexit, EU Fix It"

  5. Jongseong Park said,

    June 26, 2016 @ 2:53 am

    @Levantine, in the pronunciation preference polls included in the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary's entry for "exit", a 1988 poll on BrE speakers had a 55% preference for ˈeks- and 45% for ˈeɡz-. A 1993 poll on AmE speakers found 48% for ˈeks- and 52% for ˈeɡz-. A pretty even split on both sides of the pond, I would say.

  6. Geoff Nunberg said,

    June 26, 2016 @ 3:26 am

    The news story Mark linked too also contributed "brefugees." A swelling number of these formations—writing this from France, where the Front national is calling for "frexit." I've no doubt Ben Z is already on these for a forthcoming WSJ column on what the Guardian has called the "brexicon."

    [(myl) And let's not forget some of the other contributions from Grexicography, such as Graccident, Gredge, and Grexhaustion. Certainly #Brexhaustion is likely to become widespread before the snow flies.]

  7. Ngamudji said,

    June 26, 2016 @ 7:29 am

    Not to mention Departugal, Czech-out and Finish.

  8. Jenny Chu said,

    June 27, 2016 @ 12:14 am

    Are Brefugees Brits living abroad who are forced to flee the EU and return to UK? Or are they non-British EU citizens forced to flee UK and return to EU? Or both?

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