How The Sun came up with one of words of the year as Megxit enters Collins dictionary

MEGXIT has been named as one of the words of the year by Collins dictionary after The Sun revealed in January that the Sussexes wanted to quit their royal duties and move abroad.

On January 7, we revealed Meghan and Harry's bombshell plans to move to North America and split from the royal family.

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And on January 9, after the Sussexes had confirmed their plans on Instagram without telling the Queen, we used the headline 'Megxit'.

Modelled on Brexit – the term coined after Brits voted to leave the EU in 2016 – Megxit has now made Collins Dictionary's top 10 list of new words.

On January 7, we exclusively told how Prince Harry and Meghan were set to cut ties with the Royal Family and move abroad to start their new life together.

The Sun also revealed how the Sussexes wanted to relocate their office to Canada and drop their HRH titles.

And just a day later, the senior royals announced on Instagram their plan to "step back" from their duties and become financially independent.

The pair said they wanted to "carve out a progressive new role," while still supporting the Queen.

Harry and Meghan also said they would split their time between the UK and North America – but they've so far spent the majority of the year in their £11 million Californian home.

Megxit was inspired by the term Brexit – which was Collins' Word of the Year in 2016 following the EU referendum which saw Brits miraculously vote to leave the bloc.


Collins Dictionary said: "It immediately caught on due to its echoes of 'Brexit.'

"The use of Meghan's name has been taken in some quarters as identifying the Duchess as the instigator of the withdrawal."

In the dictionary, Megxit is now formally defined as: "The withdrawal of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from royal duties, announced in January 2020."

And the origin is officially described as "from Meg(han), Duchess of Sussex + (e)xit; influenced by Brexit."

Meanwhile, Collins named "lockdown" as its Word of the Year for 2020 after a sharp increase in its usage because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The dictionary said it added the term because it "encapsulates the shared experience of billions of people who have had to restrict their daily lives in order to contain the virus."

Alongside "lockdown," words such as "furlough," "key worker," "self-isolate" and "social distancing" made it to the list of new additions.

Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, US, the abbreviation "BLM" also features in the Dictionary after registering an increase in usage of 581 per cent by Collins.

Helen Newstead, language content consultant at Collins, said: "Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic.

"We have chosen 'lockdown' as our word of the year because it encapsulates the shared experience of billions of people who have had to restrict their daily lives in order to contain the virus.

"Lockdown has affected the way we work, study, shop, and socialize.

"With many countries entering a second lockdown, it is not a word of the year to celebrate but it is, perhaps, one that sums up the year for most of the world."


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