New words – 20 February 2017

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Calexit noun [U] /kæl.’ek.sɪt/
an exit by the state of California from the United States of America

Californians would need to pass an amendment to the US Constitution, which requires the blessings of the other 49 states. The measure would also survey voters on whether a “Calexit” is something that interests them.
[Business Insider 21.11.2016]

Bremoaner noun [C] UK /brə.’məʊn.ə/ US /brə.’moʊn.ɚ/
someone who complains about Britain’s exit from the European Union

Anybody asking questions about our future relationship with our biggest trading partner is dismissed as a Bremoaner. I have been called worse in my time. 
[ 30.10.2016]

democracy sausage noun [C] UK /dɪˈmɒk.rə.si ˈsɒs.ɪdʒ/ US /dɪˈmɑː.krə.si ˈsɑː.sɪdʒ/
a sausage cooked on a barbecue and served on bread, sold at polling booths on election day in Australia

A humble barbequed sausage on a slice of bread sold at polling booths around Australia has been picked as the country’s official word of the year — “democracy sausage.”
[ 14.12.2016]

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  4. Oscar

    Hi, I was wondering how many votes does a word have to have in order to be included in the Cambridge dictionary?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Oscar, thanks for your question.

      It’s not about the number of votes, but the percentage of ‘yes’ votes. We will be adding the selected new words to the dictionary soon, and we’re planning to write a blog post about them, so you’ll get to see which ones were chosen.

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