Brexin – definition and meaning


The definition and meaning of Brexin is Britain remaining in the European Union, it is the opposite of Brexit. However, linguists say that the word Brexin makes no sense, while Brexit does.

BREXIT is the result of combining the first two letters of BRitain and adding the whole word EXIT.

However, BREXIN appears to have no proper origin. The BR comes from the beginning of BRitain, but where does EXIN come from? It cannot have anything to do with EXIT, because that would suggest leaving the EU, and if so, where do the letters IN at the end come from?

Perhaps the opposite of Brexit should be BRIN, which would be BRitain + the word IN.

Brexin Brexit Grexit Bregret Brexiteer
Etymologists (people who study the origins of words) and historians in future will refer to this period of history as one when several unusual terms emerged in the English language associated with Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

Some words, however, do not originate from two or more root words, but are the result of a change in the spelling of another word. So, Brexin, if it really is to become a term that sticks, came from Brexit, where ‘it’ is replaced with ‘in’ to give it the opposite meaning.

BREXIN a very recent addition

The term Brexit became popular before Brexin, which is a very recent addition – an informal one – to the English language. Brexit became popular during the last general election campaign when Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum regarding the UK’s membership of the European Union if his party won.

His party did win, and on 23rd June there was a referendum. The Brexin camp lost with just 48.1% of the votes, compared to 52.9% who opted for Brexit.

Brexin is the opposite of Brexit
On 23rd June, 2016, there were a total of 16,141,241 (48.11%) people who backed BREXIN, and 17,410,742 (51.89%) who supported BREXIT.

A Brexiteer is somebody who supports Brexit. There does not seem to be a word for a Brexin supporter. Could it be a Brexineer or Brineer (if the term BRIN takes hold)?

And then came BREGRET

Another word that emerged after the referendum was BREGRET – possibly the newest word in the English language. It is a verb, and means to regret voting for Brexit. The meaning of BREGRET comes from BRExit + reGRET.

People voted on Thursday, 23rd June, and did not know what the result was until Friday morning.

Some people woke up on Friday and were shocked to see Prime Minister David Cameron resigning, the pound taking a nosedive, Brexit campaigners breaking their pledge to spend EU money on the NHS, the UK’s credit rating deteriorating to ‘negative’, a declining stock market, panic across the world, and an article in the Financial Times informing that some banks were making plans to move people from London to an EU city.

Some of the people who voted to leave felt BREGRETBRExit reGRET – they wished they had voted to remain.

Video – Official Results of EU Referendum

When the results of the EU referendum were announced on 24th June, the Brexit supporters cheered wildly, while Brexin backers looked on in shock, horror, and total silence.

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  • Luis Gonzalez

    I wonder what new EU-related words will emerge over the coming years. Perhaps Gerexit, Fraxit, Espexit, Itexit, Netherexit – and the dominoes all fall down!