Tuesday 20 September 2016 by Rob Hearn

‘Brangelexit’ added to the Oxford English Dictionary


Brangelexit added to dictionary

The word ‘Brangelexit’ has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary just hours after it emerged that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

OED lexicographers added the word – a portmanteau containing letters from ‘Brad’, ‘Angelina’, and ‘exit’ – in record time, reflecting its enormous cultural significance and the anticipated frequency of its use in headlines over the coming days.

The Oxford University Press has recalled millions of copies of the latest edition of its dictionary, and a revised edition containing an entry for ‘Brangelexit’ will be printed this week and distributed to schools and universities using emergency channels.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has pledged to release a dictionary update for its popular word processing software Office within 24 hours, and other technology firms are poised to follow suit.

The definition for the new word in the OED will read;

Brangelexit, (n). The conscious uncoupling of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie following a largely loveless but aesthetically pleasing marriage lasting 12 years.

In related news, a Northumberland man who has been waiting to use the word ‘Bralimony’ for a decade is said to be on suicide watch after learning that Jolie will not seek spousal support.

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