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Posted: 24 June 2016 11:02 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, here we go into the wild blue yonder but, as I buckle in for the ride, let me ask a question. Was Brexit formed on the model of Grexit or is it earlier than the latter? One site notes that Brexit was being used in 2012 but I can’t recall if Grexit was around then. BTW I’ve already seen Frexit, Czexit, Swexit and Nexit out there. They’re breeding like bunny rabbits!

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Posted: 25 June 2016 02:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Google Books has a cite of Grexit from 1 June 2012, FT Edits: If Greece Goes..., Penguin UK:

Could a ‘Grexit’ spell the unravelling of the European Union?[Chapter title]

I’ve found a use of Brexit from 10 August 2012 in the headline of a web article from the Centre for European Reform:

The Great British Brexit

[I tried to use the NOW (Newspapers On the Web) corpus via BYU. That covers 2010 to the present and would seem to be ideal for this type of question. Unfortunately, it is structured to return results from the entire web page as it exists today, and not restricted to the dated article in question. That means that all the references to Brexit in the sidebars of web pages are polluting the search results. Unfortunate.]

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Posted: 25 June 2016 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Whichever came first (and my money’s on Grexit) it does seem to be a ‘damn close-run thing’’.

Just came across another -exit, this one a little different from the others: lexit, used by Robert Colls, professor of cultural history at De Montfort University in Leicester, who prior to the referendum, called for a “Lexit”, or a socialist response to Brexit, in other words voting to leave but only for the noblest of reasons!

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