The grammar of Brexit

Countable nouns, verifiable items: Body bags, stockpiled cans of powdered milk for the baby, lost jobs, empty shelves, closed shops, bankrupt businesses, soldiers on the street, companies relocated overseas, skilled individuals forced to emigrate, food riots, jars of mouldy jam, percentages of GDP, dollars against the pound, days left til Farage can open the champagne, MPs with the courage to stand up and call Theresa May a liar…

Ineffable, abstract nouns, impossible to define, quantify or measure, thus open to abuse by demagogic politicians and media representing selfish hidden agendas: Destiny, sovereignty, national renewal, freedom, independence, control…

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