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Calexit

noun; blending
A proposed secession of the state of California from the United States of America. Inspired by “Brexit”, the term of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Popularized after events such as the 2016 election and the presidency of Donald Trump.
 
There are sources using this term before “Brexit” came into popular usage. However, after “Brexit,” there appears to be a greater popularity of the word. More people began to use the term as a purposeful spoof of “Brexit,” although ideas of California secession had predated the United Kingdom’s action. After the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, “Calexit” entered the mainstream vocabulary of Americans and American media.
Etymology : “Cal-” from California (Spanish) + exit (Latin)
Source : “I wonder if Texas would pull their own Calexit after this election” (Conversation with family member, September 2020). Source for the history of the term: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/calexit.asp, accessed 11/13/2020.
Last modified: 17 November 2020


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